Local authors: Professors have ‘The Just War Doctrine in Catholic Thought’ book published

James B. Whisker Sr. and Kevin R. Spiker have had their book “The Just War Doctrine in Catholic Thought” published by Nova Science Publishers, an academic publisher of books, encyclopedias, handbooks, e-books and journals, based in Hauppauge, N.Y.

Now a resident of Everett, Bedford County, Whisker’s family has lived in Bedford County through nine generations. Whisker is author or co-author of 81 books as well as numerous articles. Whisker is professor emeritus from West Virginia University. He is a graduate of Bedford High School, Mount St. Mary’s College, Niagara University and the University of Maryland where he received his Ph.D in 1969.

He is the author of “The Right to Hunt”; “The Act of State Doctrine”; “The Rise and Decline of the American Militia System”; “The Citizen-Soldier and U. S.Military Policy”; and studies of arms makers in 18 states. His five-volume study of the American colonial militias won the Adele Mellen Prize for Historical Writing.

Whisker has won several teaching awards, including one from the WVU Honors Program.

Spiker is an associate professor at Ohio University. He is the son of Kitty Dertinger of Altoona and Kevin Spiker of Bedford and grandson of Doris Weaverling of Fishertown and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Spiker of Bedford.

Spiker is a graduate of Bedford High School, Penn State University and West Virginia University where he earned his Ph.D.

He has taught political science at West Virginia University, Frostburg State University and is currently associate loalsity.

His first published work was on the life and contributions of Erskine S Allin. With Professor Whisker he has co-authored a series on Bedford County, Pennsylvania, history; The Alien Tort Statute, two books on capital punishment, and Command Responsibility. They are currently working on additional publications. His teaching areas include political theory and American political institutions.

The Catholic Church has a long tradition in which many of its foremost scholars have examined the nature of the just war, concluding that there must be a sufficient cause and that the war itself must be conducted with regard to moral restraints.

According to the authors, the present pope has chosen to ignore that traditional teaching in his assessment of various wars of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Two of the most important exponents of the just war doctrine were St. Augustine of Hippo and St. Thomas Aquinas, both of whom wrote extensively on the subject.

This book is the seventh collaboration between Professors Whisker and Spiker. Their other books include “Capital Punishment in America,” “Why Japan Lost World War II,” and three monographs on Bedford County history.

This book is dedicated to Father Francis Aloysius Magee (1881-1953).

Father Magee was a chaplain in the American Expeditionary Force in World War I and was wounded by shrapnel in the Argonne Campaign and exposed to poison gas. He served as rector of St. Thom

as the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Bedford, from 1932 until his death in 1953. He was chaplain and post commander of Post 113, American Legion and also was active in the 40 et 8.

He was chaplain of Bedford Elks 1707.


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