Description : The tendency of religious authority to seek to dominate rather than serve, and the struggle of those who wish to prevent the erosion of their God-given freedom of conscience -- these form the heart of the very personal and candid account in Crisis of Conscience. The scene of struggle is within the membership of a distinctive religion: Jehovah's Witnesses. The same fundamental issues that mark this account, however, could arise within any of the world's religions. Starting in the 1870's as an independent Bible study group composed of a handful of persons in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jehovah's Witnesses today number more than five million in some 200 lands. When their publishing agency, the Watch Tower Society, puts out a new book, the normal initial printing is one million copies, with other millions following. In countries where they are active, few people have not had contact with the Witnesses as a result of their intense door-to-door activity.
Description : Freedom is crucial to genuine Christianity. How the erosion of Christian freedom began in the early centuries, how it can and does occur today, and the means for resisting the invasion of personal conscience and thought; a sequel to Crisis of Conscience. Discusses teachings of organizational loyalty, door-to-door activity, disfellowshiping, blood, and many others.
Description : My name is George Watson. I am 24 years old from Portland, Maine. It is late summer 1968 and although I have been accepted to a Ph.D. program at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., I am about to be drafted. How did I get in this situation? And what do I do now? This book provides my personal account of the difficult choices that confronted the U.S. Vietnam War generation. Faced with the dilemma of whether or not to serve in an unpopular, undeclared war, my generation was forced to make choices that were not in tune with those made by our parents’ generation. The so-called “Greatest Generation” of World War II veterans had returned to reap their deserved rewards from the GI Bill and the burgeoning post-war economy. They insisted that we follow in their footsteps and step up to the war demands of the nation. But the times and the issues and the stakes were different. My memoir portrays the realities of those choices, depicting the time and values that caused the generations to clash head on. I track the evolution of my value system beginning in Catholic elementary and high school through college and graduate school, giving insight into the choices I faced and the decisions I made. My personal confrontation with choices during a turbulent era should resonate with members of the Vietnam War generation. Much has been written about the generation that struggled during the Depression and fought in World War II, referred to by former NBC announcer Tom Brokaw and others as “The Greatest Generation.” I felt compelled to write about the generation it spawned. Ironically, it was the progeny of the World War II survivors who would be confronted with the choice of whether to fight in an ambiguous war that was really an unfinished product of the allied victory of World War II. How did we get involved in Vietnam in the first place? Following the “Greatest Generation’s” war, independence movements confronted European colonialism all over the world. Vietnam was but one example of the war’s unfinished business. After the Japanese defeat, the returning French made critical mistakes. They retained the former Japanese police infrastructure for a time and denied university-educated Vietnamese citizens proper opportunities in their own civil service, reserving the key positions for themselves. Because they were reluctant to give up control, the French were confronted with a Nationalist movement that happened to have Communist affiliations. The French lost their war and Vietnam was split in two, between a Communist north under the inspirational leadership of Ho Chi Minh and a supposedly capitalist and Catholic south controlled by the Diem family. Political corruption and nepotism in the south did not inspire widespread allegiance to the Diem regime. With the French defeat at Diem Bien Phu in 1954 the United States, which had recently fought the North Koreans and Chinese to a draw, became more involved with the south at first diplomatically and then militarily. Simply stated, our initial advisory role of the late fifties and early sixties soon expanded. We gradually assumed control of the war and committed more and more troops; by 1968 the nation found itself in Vietnam with a force of 543,000 soldiers fighting a still undeclared war. Who fought in the Vietnam War? What class of American society did they represent? Could I be categorized as the norm? The Vietnam generation born during the years 1940 to 1954 was brought up believing in the greatness of this country. Their fathers had sacrificed during World War II and with their allies had defeated two major powers in several theatres of war. Many of these same veterans were called again to fight during the Korean War, a bloody conflict fought to a draw after three years. Ours was the generation that was raised to believe that the United States had a worldwide mission. We couldn’t revert to isolationism, as our predecessors had done during the period between the t
Description : Drive more value from your supply chain by implementing the right approaches to customer service management. Customer Service Supply Chain Management offers expert guidance for managing your supply chain to deliver superior customer service and innovation. Lead authored by pioneering supply chain management expert Alexandre Oliveira, this guide focuses on managing customer service to deliver maximum business value. Oliveira and senior supply chain executive Anne Gimeno provide a comprehensive overview of the topic, detailed descriptions of each relevant approach, and modern applications and best practices drawn from the experiences of the world's leading companies. Complementing theoretical texts, they offer deep knowledge of how pioneering customer service management techniques are actually applied in the field. Coverage includes: Fundamentals of Customer Services Management (CSM): customer services maturity levels, strategies, alignment, and innovation Customer-centric strategies, including customer-based supply chain segmentation and lifelong customer logistics management Aligning customer services management to business goals Establishing targets for customer services policies Innovating effectively in customer services management This guide's content will be exceptionally helpful for both practitioners and students, including participants in APICS and other leading certification programs.
Description : The must-read summary of Wayne Allyn Root's book: “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling and Tax Cuts”. This complete summary of "The Conscience of a Libertarian" by Wayne Allyn Root, a prominent political figure and Libertarian Republican, presents the author's belief that there is a need for a new government system based on a dramatic tax reduction, a transfer of powers from the federal government to the states and the elimination of most government spending. Added-value of this summary: • Save time • Understand the Libertarian view of American government • Expand your knowledge of American politics and society To learn more, read "The Conscience of a Libertarian" and discover the Libertarian view of citizens' freedom through tax cuts, a ban on government economic intervention and unique reforms to key sectors.
Description : "Rethinking Online Education" analyzes online educational materials on the recent Iraq war aimed to be used by U.S. educators in elementary and secondary schools. It is suggested that far from being ideologically neutral, these educational materials weave together resources which provide a coherent view of the Iraq war theme, and can thus been seen as constituting a kind of an informal curriculum. Mitsikopoulou argues that the teacher resources adhere to different pedagogical discourses and constitute materializations of two broad approaches to education. A number of pedagogical issues are also raised in the discussion: What is the difference between critical thinking and critical pedagogy? How is the genre of lesson plan realized in different teaching philosophies and how do curricular texts change when they are delivered online? This important book highlights the need to explore the new forms of textuality which emerge from online curricular materials and to develop an understanding of the processes of text composition, distribution and consumption.
Description : A magistrate in a country village protests the army's treatment of members of the barbarian tribes taken prisoner during a civil war and finds himself arrested as a traitor.
Description : A diverse group of academics, activists, officials and rebels contribute chapters about different aspects of conflict in the western Sudanese region of Darfur. These chapters discuss the origins and evolution of the conflict, the various ways in which the conflict has been understood and misperceived (both locally and internationally), the profoundly gendered nature of the conflict, the status of those involved with regard to the Sudanese and international law, and the ongoing struggle for peace in the region. A substantial appendix reproduces UN, ICC, and (many for the first time in English translation) Arabic-language documents to trace the history of the conflict. The book also includes a chronology of major events in Sudan.
Description : A practical and very humane personal guide for women with unintAnded pregnancies who are uncertain about which pregnancy option will be best for them. By helping women exercise their moral integrity at the highest level, In Good Conscience makes a very important contribution to the literature on women's health. ?Gloria Feldt, president, Planned Parenthood® Federation of America With compassion and common sense, Runkle guides women through all aspects of the abortion decision. Unique in women's health literature, the book treats moral matters as seriously as medical ones. For women who take the abortion decision seriously, and almost all do, this book is an important companion. ?Frances Kissling, president, Catholics for a Free Choice From the very practical to the deeply spiritual, In Good Conscience provides women with a framework for choosing whether to keep or to And a pregnancy. Anna Runkle addresses the complex feelings that accompany this critical decision-making process, helping women explore their options and determine what is right for them.