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

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Overview

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 Although the scholarship of this work is now outdated and critiqued, Bainton's work is foundational in the area.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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556357886
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Series: The Roland Bainton Reprint Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 963,880
  • 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.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 11
Introduction 13
1. Ideals of Peace in Antiquity 17
2. The Classical Origins of the Just War 33
3. The Origins of the Crusading Idea in the Old Testament 44
4. War and Peace in the New Testament 53
5. The Pacifism of the Early Church 66
6. The Theory of the Just War in the Christian Roman Empire 85
7. From the Just War to the Crusade and Sectarian Pacifism 101
8. The Renaissance Utopia and the Revival of the Just War 122
9. Wars of Religion 136
10. The Historic Peace Churches and War with the Aborigines 152
11. The Enlightenment 173
12. From Waterloo to Armageddon: A Century of Comparative Peace 190
13. From the Outlawry of War to the Atom Bomb 211
14. Past and Present 230
15. What Then? 252
Notes 269
Guide to Literature 289
Index 291
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