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Christians from Mosul took refuge in this Iraqi town before ISIS attacked, forcing them to flee again. (Photo credit:  Allen Kakony for Aletia)

Is ISIS Prompting Reappraisal of Pacifism and Just War?

August 21, 2014

ISIS invasion of Iraq and subsequent horrors, for which Iraq’s dwindling Christian minority is a chief victim, has reanimated talk about Christian Just War teaching.


The Ghost of Congress’ Past: Foreign Policy and Just War Theory

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.


Does Memorial Day Honor Darth Vader?

May 26, 2014

Tony Campolo’s RedLetter Christians site carries for Memorial Day its requisite anti-American blog, warning Christians not to honor the war dead with too much reverence, since they were victims of “war profits” and killed…

Peace activist and priest Rev. John Dear speaks at Ecumenical Advocacy Day's 2014 National Gathering. (Photo credit: Alexander Griswold)

Renegade Priest Denounces United States, Pentagon

April 4, 2014

The tone for this year’s Ecumenical Advocacy Days, the annual gathering of liberal Christian activists in the Washington, D.C. area, was set fairly early on. As I detailed previously, the theme of this year’s…

The stage at Ecumenical Advocacy Day's 2014 National Gathering. Behind the podium are "peace cranes," origami cranes meant to represent the gathering's wish for peace. (Photo credit: Alexander Griswold)

Religious Left Lobbies Congress on Gun Control, Pacifism

March 28, 2014

There’s a scene in Miss Congeniality, the 2000 romantic comedy about an undercover FBI agent pretending to be beauty pageant contestant, where the contestants are asked the most important thing our society needs. One by…

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Syria War, Churches, Methodists, Franco, Spanish Civil War & Providence

September 9, 2013

In contrast with the United Methodist Board of Church and Society’s usual pacifist platitudes, two United Methodist bishops have made relatively thoughtful, careful statements on the Syria War. Bishop Grant Hagiya of the Greater…

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Drone policy can be moral policy

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.”


‘Peace Discernment’ study points toward pacifism

July 16, 2013

A study process under way in the Presbyterian Church (USA) asks church members to “[s]eek clarity as to God’s call to the church to embrace nonviolence as its fundamental response to the challenges of violence, terror, and war.”

Liberty University, Sojourners and Drones

June 19, 2013

By Mark Tooley @markdtooley Jim Wallis’ Sojourners magazine has a cover story on “Drones for Christ:  How the world’s largest Christian university became an evangelist for drone warfare.” It targets Liberty University in Virginia,…

Press Release: Religious Left Charges U.S. Drone Policy on Autopilot

May 31, 2013

May 31, 2013 Contact: Jeff Walton 202-682-4131 “The pacifist Religious Left is again denouncing drone strikes against terrorists without offering plausible alternatives.” -IRD President Mark Tooley Washington, DC—A letter to President Obama from United…

Wheaton Theology Conference Showcases Appeal, Limits of Hauerwasianism

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…

Putting a Civilian Face to the Iraq War

March 21, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) On Tuesday night, hundreds gathered at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Iraq War. Shane Claiborne, Greg Barrett, author of The…