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IRD: NCC Support for Iran Deal ‘Utopian’

August 26, 2015

The National Council of Churches has organized a letter of religious voices praising the Iran nuclear deal.

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War is Not Hell

June 18, 2015

Pacifism claims that war is morally evil and therefore the presence of warfighters in the church is an anomaly. Against this, an understanding of just war grounded in Christian love renders warfighting a Christian vocation.

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Should Christians Encourage Resistance to Police?

June 17, 2015

Guest writer Derryck Green argues that recent comments by an Anglican theologian on resisting police are more the product of white guilt than good theology.

Members of the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, make their way through concertina wire during a live fire demonstration for Saudi Arabian national guardsmen. The demonstration is taking place during Operation Desert Shield. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Task at Hand

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….

Graham House RH Marc LiVecche in the UChicago Creative studio Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at the University of Chicago.    (Photo by Robert Kozloff)

IRD Announces New Christian Ethicist on War & Peace

May 11, 2015

IRD announced today that Marc LiVecche has joined the institute as its new scholar on Christian ethics, war and peace.

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.

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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.

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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.”