Just War, Terrorism, and Christian Ethics

by (@TheIRD) 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.

Press Release – IRD Lecturer: On Terrorism and Christian Ethics, Pacifism Falls Short

by (@TheIRD) 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.

A Jesuit Challenge to Winston Churchill

by (@markdtooley) 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.

Syria, War and America’s Christians

by (@markdtooley) 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.

Jean Elshtain, Christianity, and War

by (@markdtooley) 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.

Drone policy can be moral policy

by (@markdtooley) August 16, 2013

In a recent contribution for On Faith, former Chicago Theological Seminary President Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite denounced U.S. drone warfare for failing to “conform to Just War theory as developed over centuries of conventional wars.”

Earlier this year, Baptist ethicist David Gushee, in his piece for On Faith, opined against drones as exemplifying a “disturbing combination of American arrogance and self-righteousness.”

Onward Christian Soldiers: Old Testament Violence and Evangelical Socio-Political Engagement (Video)

by (@TheIRD) July 25, 2013

Dr. Phillip Bethancourt, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, discusses how Christians should approach the often troubling violence found in the Old Testament. This talk took place Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Was American Revolution Just?

by (@markdtooley) July 9, 2013

(credit: FineArtAmerica.com) By Mark Tooley @markdtooley Eric Patterson wrote an excellent piece for The Washington Post last week, in time for July 4, making the case that America’s revolutionary founders were following traditional Christian Just War thinking to justify their reluctant revolt. The author of a recent book on Just War teaching (Ending Wars Well […]

Christian Witness and American Global Power

by (@markdtooley) April 28, 2013

By Mark Tooley @markdtooley Recently liberal Baptist ethicist David Gushee of Mercer University, a prominent thinker on the Evangelical Left, tweeted about a “brutalized Syria: 70,000 dead, 1.4 million refugees, UN powerless, US and UK unwilling to intervene, and the killing goes on.” Later he tweeted: “I am not opposed to all US engagements to […]

Wheaton Theology Conference Showcases Appeal, Limits of Hauerwasianism

by (@JohnLomperis) April 24, 2013

By John Lomperis (@JohnLomperis) Duke Divinity School theological ethicist Stanley Hauerwas promoted his somewhat distinctive, Anabaptistic worldview at Wheaton’s annual theology conference earlier this month. This year’s conference theme was “Christian Political Witness.” The passionate pacifist stressed that Christians must live radically different lives from those around them, in a way that would be “unintelligible […]