Originally given as a paper before American and British defense leaders in Washington DC, Milton’s paper is now expanded for use in undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate classrooms, as well as in libraries, and schools of professional military education.
John Frame writes:
“From Flanders Fields to the Moviegoer is a history of philosophical ethics between the world wars and down to the present. It focuses on the teaching of ethics in the military, with which Milton is especially familiar. . . . I learned much from his descriptions and evaluations. I hope this book gains a broad readership.”
—Dr. John M. Frame, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary
Other Voices endorse From Flanders Fields
Dr. Michael Milton offers thoughtful, historical, and logical solutions for some major challenges of the 21st-century military: suicides are increasing, PTSD is wanton, and modern philosophy is not helping battle-scarred warriors. His proposal to return to a transcendent ethic is convincingly on target. – Douglas E. Lee, Chaplain, Brigadier General, United States Army (retired)
In the end, Milton has successfully pulled from his entire, distinguished career in the Academy, church, and military to provide a concise but profound framework to answer the deep ethical questions facing Today’s military service members — a bright ray of hope for those facing the dark challenges and memories of war. — Dr. Scott Manor, President and Associate Professor of Historical Theology, Knox Theological Seminary
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The received teaching of Western philosophy and a Judeo-Christian ethic remains, through the thick smoke of a philosophical and theological skepticism, and unwise experimentation over these past 100 years, the most satisfying explanation of human suffering, human courage, and the will to live; a blood-red poppy in a memory-gripped field of gray.—Michael A. Milton, From Flanders Fields to the Moviegoer, p. 50
Michael A. Milton (Ph.D., Wales) is the Provost and James H. Ragsdale Chair of Missions and Evangelism at Erskine Theological Seminary. Milton holds degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill, Knox Seminary, and a postdoctoral credential in higher education teaching from Harvard University. The former Chancellor-President of Reformed Seminary, Milton is an ordained Presbyterian minister (PCA, ARP) and served as senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, and planted three churches in Kansas, Georgia, and North Carolina, as well as founded a preparatory academy in the Kansas City area. Milton is a retired Chaplain (Colonel) in the US Army with thirty-two years of service. Among other duties, Milton educated military officers in ethics and related subjects at the Army Chaplain School. Mike and his wife, Mae, reside in North Carolina. The Milton family enjoys gardening, music, and old movies.
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We are told that Modernity and Postmodernity were born out of the crisis of meaning; the unplanned offspring of that discontented union of being and meaning. But did either Modernity of Postmodernity provide what was lacking? That is the issue we are confronting.”— Michael A. Milton, From Flanders Fields to the Moviegoer, p. 30.