I've ordered Meic Pearse's book "The God's Of War" (InterVarsity Press), and I cannot wait to read it. In the mean time, I've been thinking about and studying the topic of the relationship of violent force and conflict to the Christian life. My own thinking had led me to a very caustic argument which thankfully was tempered by a discussion with my roommate Ryan.
So I'm not going to actually detail anything here, this is just a teaser, but the basic thought is that hardline pacifism, as well as (perhaps more obviously) hardline aggression are irreconcilable with the Bible, as well as with more generally accepted moral norms. It's late tonight, but I hope to expound on this soon.