Don’t get too excited by the headlines of a new“revolution” in Syria against Al-Qaeda. The offensive is led by the Islamic Front, a Salafist coalition backed by Saudi Arabia with the explicit goal of instituting Sharia. These are not the saviors of Syria’s Christian minority and other opponents of Islamism.
Graduate school at the University of Maryland (recently named the 10th best party school in the United States) was quite a shock after the protected, Christian environment of my college. So in the hedonistic sea of fellow teaching assistants and much of the English Department faculty, I was overjoyed to meet another Christian who, like me, was teaching freshmen composition while working on a Master’s degree.
“No to the [proposed U.S.] strike [against Syria], yes for dialogue, and yes for a political solution that will save the lives of thousands and thousands.”
That was the message delivered by the Rev. Dr. Riad Jarjour in a Sept. 10 webinarhosted by the Presbyterian Church (USA). Jarjour, a pastor in the PCUSA’s partner church in Syria, was joined in the webinar by a fellow leader in the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, as well as a Syrian-American PCUSA pastor and top officials of the U.S. denomination.
(Following are remarks in a Syria discussion with Just War theorist Father John Langan of Georgetown University on September 18 at St John the Baptist Catholic Church in Silver Spring, MD. Part of these remarks were published yesterday in Patheos.) It’s a privilege speak here this evening, my first time to speak in a Catholic […]
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.
The army of Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon and conqueror of the Middle East, had marched through Judah and Jerusalem once already. At that time Nebuchadnezzar appointed Zedekiah king in place of the rightful heir believing he would be a more docile vassal. He was wrong.
A Lebanese reporter for the Al-Monitor Middle East news service explains that Iran and Hezbollah view the Syrian civil war not only in a strategic context, but in a prophetic one. In their belief, the radical Sunnis will conquer Syria for a short period of time and then Iranian forces will intervene on their way to destroying Israel.
Washington, DC— As the U.S. Administration and Congress weigh military action in Syria, conflicting interpretations of Just War Theory are pointing in opposite directions.
IRD’s upcoming Diane Knippers Memorial Lecture on October 7 will feature Irish Methodist theologian William Abraham of Southern Methodist University to address Just War, Terrorism and Christian Ethics in the annual lecture honoring the late IRD President.