Christian Attitudes toward War and Peace: A Historical Survey and Critical Re-Evaluation

Christian Attitudes toward War and Peace: A Historical Survey and Critical Re-Evaluation

by Roland H. Bainton
     
 

Any scholarship that addresses the evolution of Christian perspectives on warfare generally references this book. first published in 1960. Although the scholarship of this work is now outdated and critiqued, Bainton's work is foundational in the area. Bainton believes that the Christian community started out pacifistic, then developed the just war doctrine, and

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Any scholarship that addresses the evolution of Christian perspectives on warfare generally references this book. first published in 1960. Although the scholarship of this work is now outdated and critiqued, Bainton's work is foundational in the area. Bainton believes that the Christian community started out pacifistic, then developed the just war doctrine, and finally adopted holy war ideals. He traces this trajectory from the Early Church up through the wars and conflicts of the 20th century. Finally, Bainton adds his critique of current militaristic ideas, especially in regards to atomic warfare.

(from a review by Andrew Lumpkin)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556357886
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Series:
The Roland Bainton Reprint Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Roland H. Bainton (1894-1984) was Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Yale University Divinity School for forty-two years. He wrote well into his retirement and authored many books, including Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations11
Introduction13
1.Ideals of Peace in Antiquity17
2.The Classical Origins of the Just War33
3.The Origins of the Crusading Idea in the Old Testament44
4.War and Peace in the New Testament53
5.The Pacifism of the Early Church66
6.The Theory of the Just War in the Christian Roman Empire85
7.From the Just War to the Crusade and Sectarian Pacifism101
8.The Renaissance Utopia and the Revival of the Just War122
9.Wars of Religion136
10.The Historic Peace Churches and War with the Aborigines152
11.The Enlightenment173
12.From Waterloo to Armageddon: A Century of Comparative Peace190
13.From the Outlawry of War to the Atom Bomb211
14.Past and Present230
15.What Then?252
Notes269
Guide to Literature289
Index291

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