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Will Catholic Nonviolence Conference Negate Church’s Just War Teaching?

April 14, 2016

Roman Catholic groups are participating in a conference underway in Rome this week that is being described by some participants as an opportunity to overturn the Catholic church’s long-held view of the just war tradition as established teaching.

Should Christians Support Capital Punishment?

Should Christians Support Capital Punishment?

March 10, 2016

During a recent event, liberal activist Shane Claiborne and other panelists went on the offensive against capital punishment.

Women in Combat

Christian Pacifism & Women in Combat

February 9, 2016

What should be the role of women in combat? The silence so far of Christian pacifists on the debate maybe evinces a dilemma.

Christian social witness

Parasitical Christian Politics?

December 10, 2015

Much if not most of Christian political witness today, especially through official church channels, makes demands of government without accepting responsibility for how such demands can be fulfilled. Church groups widely insist the USA…


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.


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.

Derryck Green

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.


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…