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Just War Theory

Hope but Verify: The Iran Nuclear Framework

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Should we give this hope for peace a chance? I believe Christians should answer yes. Here's why.

President Obama: It Is a Moral and Strategic Mistake to Exempt Syrian Airstrikes From Civilian Protections

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

The White House has acknowledged for the first time that the strict standards President Obama imposed last year to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq. This is a tragic error.

Cheek Turning: Completely Impractical Words Jesus Spoke

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

But here's the question I cannot escape: How do we know cheek turning is impractical? Has anyone tried it lately?

The Real Stakes in Syria

David McCabe | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
David McCabe

Any military strike led by the U.S. will be painted by its critics as yet another instance of American power selectively deployed to advance its own interests. For this reason we should be working actively to create an international coalition that will stand alongside us in affirming the place of morality within the dismal chaos of war.

The Confusion About 'Just War' Doctrine And Syria

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Even as the world’s powers grasped for a last-minute resolution to the crisis in Syria, it remained an open question whether any amount of dip...

Is a Military Strike Against Syria Compatible With Just War Morality?

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

From a moral point of view perhaps the best that can be said about the case of Syria is that it has the potential to make us rethink the limitations of traditional just war theory. Alternatives to that theory, however, are not going to be simple, easy, or without moral complexity themselves.

'War Begets War, Violence Begets Violence'

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Let's not lose sight of the grotesque reality of chemical weapons. But what about military intervention? Can we make things better? War is evil. Assad is evil. But what is the likelihood of some targeted cruise missile strikes actually improving things? In the words of the philosophers, what is the reasonable likelihood of success?

Contemplating War

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The debate we're about to have will affect the lives of many people, and will determine whether fellow human beings live or die. It may shape the geopolitical conflicts of the future. What's more, the way we choose to conduct that debate will help shape the kind of country we become.

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

From an Orthodox perspective there is no justification for war; even a war of defense is a lesser evil but is still an evil. The Orthodox Church, by faith and practice, believes that peace is normal and just. Therefore, war would be not only evil but it would be non-normative. We are to seek peace in each and every situation.

Would An Attack On Syria Be A 'Just War?'

Religion News Service | Yonat Shimron | Posted 08.30.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) As the Obama administration readies for a probable military strike against Syria, Religion News Service asked a panel of theologians ...

Just War in Syria?

Maryann Cusimano Love, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Maryann Cusimano Love, Ph.D.

Syria's deliberate targeting of noncombatants violates international law, as well as ancient moral codes about the use of force, known as Just War tradition. But would U.S. military strikes on Syria, as President Obama is considering, constitute a just response?

Religious Leaders Join Forces to Denounce U.S. Drone Policy

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

During this time of rebirth and renewal, these religious leaders remind us that we must strongly consider how our government conducts itself on behalf of our nation at home and abroad.

Drone War Ethics, Richard III, Archdiocese of Newark And More Religion Reads

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

Is drone warfare ethical? What would St. Augustine's Just War Theory have to say about the practice? This and more in the latest religion reads.

Can We Make Peace Living With The Gun?

Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley

Perhaps this last round of tragic violence will cause us such grief and national disequilibrium that we decide the cost of our own children is just too great a price to pay to continue as we are.

Wrestling With The Issue Of Military Combat

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

At a time when the fraught situation of our combat troops is so often ignored, let us remember with gratitude that on this particular Thanksgiving weekend at least two men made us face the hard, human questions posed by military combat.

Humanitarian Intervention In Syria: A Classic Just War?

Gerard Powers | Posted 09.25.2012 | Religion
Gerard Powers

In Syria, there is a clear answer to Cain's question: "Yes, we are our brother's keeper." Syria would seem to be Exhibit A for a just military intervention, especially if one focuses on two key criteria, as many advocates of military intervention do.

Toward An Evangelical Peace Movement

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Aaron Daniel Taylor

It's an axiom that presidents lead us into wars, while Christians provide the flags and the crosses. So it may seem the deck is stacked against American evangelicals organizing into a comprehensive peace movement.

"Just War" or Just War?

Michael Brenner | Posted 08.05.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The president's "kill list" project flies in the face of "just war" precepts and ridicules its spirit. For the objective relegates human welfare to a status subordinate to the United States' national interest as measured in realpolitik terms.

The Theology of Armageddon

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The woo-woo nuttiness of it all defies the imagination, beginning with the idea of a course in "Nuclear Ethics and Nuclear Warfare" at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Nuclear ethics?

Does The U.S. Have A Responsibility To Protect The Libyan People?

Monica Duffy Toft | Posted 06.06.2011 | Home
Monica Duffy Toft

Before any state resorts to the use of force, it needs to answer a series of pragmatic and ethical questions. In the case of Libya, these have been posed and answered on humanitarian grounds.

Insanity Dawn

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.01.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The most serious crime implicit in the planning, waging and reporting of war -- especially the "just war" -- is the selective focus on consequences: We limit our curiosity to the success or failure of our strategic goals.

Loyalty And Passion In The American Christian Torture Debate

Dr. David P. Gushee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dr. David P. Gushee

Our purpose here is to discuss the ethics of torture. More concretely, I will address the question of whether it was morally justifiable for the United States government to employ "enhanced interrogation techniques" sometimes classified as torture.

Just War Theory: Are We Protecting the Moral Conscience of Soldiers?

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

The limitation of conscientious objector status to those who object to all wars flies in the face of what the military itself teaches. Those who are told that in war, especially, keeping a moral inner compass is crucial. Yet, if they believe a war is unjust, they are trapped between having to face prison for refusing to deploy or sacrificing that moral compass to fight.

If There's A 'Just' Way To Wage War, What About Ending One?

Religion News Service | G. JEFFREY MacDONALD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald Religion News Service (RNS) For centuries, Christianity's theory of "just war" has helped religious and political leaders det...

Snake Eyes in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Derrick Crowe

None of the credible options in Afghanistan offer real chances for rolling back the insurgent reaction to our presence or reducing terrorism against the United States.