"This new edition has the same judicious selection of classic texts on war and peace as the first edition, plus some well-chosen new texts that put the collection in the center of the current debate. This book is ideal for classroom use and for anyone who wants to situate current debates within the full tradition of Christian thinking on war and peace."--William T. Cavanaugh, University of St. Thomas
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.
War and Christian Ethics looks to influential writers throughout history to determine the theoretical issues they faced while shaping a Christian criticism of war. It brings together primary source materials from the most influential patristic, medieval, and modern writers dealing with the morality of war from a variety of Christian perspectives. Writers include (among others):
Bernard of Clairvaux
Instead of advocating a particular approach to war, this collection provides the "theoretical bases on which we must formulate our own conclusions," writes editor Arthur Holmes. In exploring these writings, those seeking to investigate the relationship between Christianity and war are able to decide for themselves what they believe. The second edition includes new selections from Rowan Williams, George Weigel, and Duane Friesen.