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May 13, 2015
In her excellent biography of Ronald Reagan, Peggy Noonan relates an episode involving a little boy, the son of a Reagan staffer, who was running through the White House hallways with a plastic sword….
February 10, 2015
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” While watching snippets of the January 23-25 Interfaith Conference On Drone Warfare at Princeton Theological Seminary, I was intrigued by the…
December 24, 2014
Recently famed American pacifist Stanley Hauerwas of Duke Divinity School had a cordial radio debate with British just war advocate Nigel Biggar of Oxford University, who authored the 2013 book In Defence of War….
June 13, 2014
Enthralling stories instilling national pride. Practical advice on reaching across the aisle (despite their lack of authority to take further action). Entertaining interactions with fellow panelists and the audience. Even most of the audience members seemed to have their questions answered. Except me.
December 31, 2013
Let begin by a quick definition of terrorism. In broad terms I take terrorism to be deliberate acts of violence targeted at innocent civilians for political purposes. Before I take up the issue of just war let me prepare the ground by looking at the main alternative in Christian ethics, namely, pacifism.
October 11, 2013
Washington, DC-Both pacifism and an overly-strict Just War Theory are unworkable responses to the War on Terror, theologian William Abraham argued Monday at the Institute on Religion and Democracy’s Diane Knippers Lecture.
October 9, 2013
A priest writing in the Jesuit magazine America has cited Winston Churchill’s destruction of the Vichy-controlled French fleet in 1940 as an example of gratuitous violence, like abortion or capital punishment.
September 20, 2013
The prospect of U.S. military action against Syria’s dictatorship has unusually united in opposition nearly all U.S. church and major Christian voices who have publicly spoken to the issue. Such uniformity is very unusual, and this episode may be a first.
August 30, 2013
A leading American theologian of just war has died. Will she have successors?
The famed Christian ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain of the University of Chicago died earlier this month. She was notable as the increasingly rare theologian willing vigorously to affirm America’s right to self-defense in the world, resisting the crosscurrents of pacifism that now afflict much of Christian academia.