War and Christian Ethics: Classic and Contemporary Readings on the Morality of War / Edition 2

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Just war, pacifism, weapons of mass destruction, war on terror, preemptive war. These phrases highlight recent world events that have brought questions about the morality of war into sharp relief. Instead of advocating a particular approach to war, War and Christian Ethics offers a variety of Christian perspectives, enabling readers to make up their own minds about what they believe.

This collection of primary source materials contains texts from many influential classic and contemporary writers that are crucial to the development of Christian thought on war. From Plato to Augustine, Thomas Aquinas to Martin Luther, Reinhold Niebuhr to Paul Ramsey, the book covers a broad range of writers. The second edition includes new selections from Rowan Williams, George Weigel, and Duane Friesen.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801031137
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 601,433
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur F. Holmes (1924-2011) taught philosophy at Wheaton College for over forty years. He received his PhD from Northwestern University and was the author or editor of many books, including Contours of a World View, Ethics: Approaching Moral Decisions, and The Making of a Christian Mind.
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Table of Contents

I The pagan conscience 11
1 Moral effects of war 13
War for the sake of peace 20
2 The just war 24
Natural law and just war 25
II Conflict of loyalties 33
1 Non-violence 37
2 Christians and government 39
Christians and military service 43
3 On government service 48
4 The natural law of love 51
5 To the emperor Theodosius 55
6 To Count Boniface 61
Act, agent, and authority 63
The human dilemma 68
Peace and natural law 71
III Christians and infidels 85
1 A holy war 88
2 Various kinds of law 92
Hostility and peace 102
Laws of war 106
Violence and moral intention 113
Rebellion 114
3 The law of war 118
The rights of the Indians 119
IV Church and state 137
1 The soldier and his conscience 140
2 Civil authority and the use of force 165
3 War and the Christian prince 177
4 Two kingdoms 185
V Human rights and international law 191
1 The law of nations 195
On war 195
2 Natural laws and the laws of war 226
3 On civil government 239
VI Idealism and realism 271
1 Towards perpetual peace 274
2 War and national destiny 284
3 Pacifism and the gospel 291
4 Why the Christian church is not pacifist 301
VII Nuclear deterrence and terrorism 315
1 Is pacifism the only option left for Christians? 318
2 The just war and nuclear deterrence 341
3 The convergence of pacifism and just war 352
4 Moral clarity in a time of war 373
5 War and statecraft 391
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