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Dr. Rick Nutt

Dr. Rick NuttDr. Rick Nutt, professor of religion and current chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department, recently published a book entitled An Historical Study of United States Religious Responses to the Vietnam War: a Matter of National Morality with Edwin Mellen Press.

“The book examines the attitudes and actions of both Christians and Jews toward the war in Vietnam,” Nutt explains. Looking at the statements of church denominations and faith organizations, as well as national figures such as Billy Graham and Martin Luther King, Jr., Nutt found that “although people both opposed and supported the war effort for moral reasons, few did so on the basis of traditional just war thought.”

The book is groundbreaking in that it is the first “comprehensive study for religious responses to the Vietnam War.” This drew Nutt’s interest, as well as his “longstanding interest…[in] the relationship of faith to U.S. society, especially matters of national security and war.”

In addition, Nutt was honored in May 2012 as a Distinguished Alum at his alma mater, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.