Virtue of War: Reclaiming the Classic Christian Traditions East and West

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A powerful, genuinely ecumenical, meticulously documented, incontrovertible case on behalf of the moral teachings known to Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestants as the justifiable work traditions. Tis book provides a firm biblical, theological and historical foundation for that confidence and is an answer to the Christian peace movement.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781928653172
  • Publisher: Regina Orthodox Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 234
  • Sales rank: 1,204,580
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface i
1. Civilization and Its (Terrorist) Discontents 1
2. Divided Christendom 20
I. Sailing from Byzantium 21
II. Traditional Catholics and Protestants 36
3. Orthodox Jus in Bello I: Scripture, Fathers, and Canons 54
4. Orthodox Jus in Bello II: Saints, Liturgies, Modern Writers 78
5. Orthodox Justifiable War and Its Critics 106
I. A Lesser Good, Not Evil 106
II. Lesser Morality 109
III. What Went Wrong? 118
6. The Roman Catholic Tradition 122
I. St. Ambrose of Milan 122
II. St. Augustine of Hippo 131
III. St. Thomas Aquinas 134
7. Protestant Reformers on the Just War 151
I. Luther 151
II. Calvin 154
III. Grotius 164
8. Opponents of Traditional Just War Thinking 169
I. Reinhold Niebuhr's Christian Realism 171
II. Contemporary Roman Catholic Failures 179
9. Penance, Just War, and Recent Conflicts 194
I. Penance For Soldiering: Who and Why 195
II. The Role of the Just War Doctrine in Penance 202
III. Discipline in Practice: Contemporary Wars 210
Notes 217
Index 246
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