Introduction: "politics is not the nursery" -- What happened on September 11? -- What is at stake? -- What is a just war? -- Is the war against terrorism just? -- The academy responds to terror -- Taking terrorists at their word -- Where is the legacy of Niebuhr and Tillich? -- The pulpit responds to terror -- The problem with peace -- Encountering Islamist fundamentalism -- States and self-defense in a dangerous time -- American power and responsibility -- Epilogue: four brave women -- Appendix: what we're fighting for.