The introduction is subtitled “Against wishful thinking,” and together with chapter one, “Against Christian pacifism” counters the opinion, widely popular in university settings, that pacifism is the default setting for the “Christian.”
While I disagree – quite strongly – with the anti-Germanism which appears to be implicit, and at times, explicit, in this book (which, to be fair, I have not read yet, myself), I am nonetheless pleased to see a serious Christian scholar arguing against the all-too-common presumption that, as the above quote states, pacifism is the “default setting” for those who seek to follow Christ.
It is about time more people began to realize that righteous anger is, indeed, righteous; that “turning the other cheek” does not mean knuckling under to evil – and emphatically does not mean condemning others to oppression at the hands of those who would subjugate them; and that Aristotle was right that there is a virtuous mean between surfeit (in this context, too much anger, aggressiveness, militancy, etc.) and deficit (again in this context, unwillingness to fight to defend what is right).
In any case, we need to remember that He who is (rightly) hailed as the Prince of Peace nonetheless said, “I come to bring not peace, but a sword.”