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Just War Theory

Just war theory has long been a means by which people of faith have sought to assess both the morality and wisdom of armed conflict. has consistently set forth just war theory’s principles when U.S. leaders either contemplated or made a determination to wage war. (Examples are here, here, here, here, here, here, here […] Read More

More than 50 American Christian leaders have signed a letter to Congress expressing support for the diplomatic agreement with Iran that would limit that nation’s nuclear program. These signatories include United Methodist Church bishops and other mainline Protestant judicatory heads, Catholic organizational leaders, the general secretaries for the Church of the Brethren and the National […] Read More

A Baptist scholar and ethicist declared recently that the conflict in Afghanistan is an unjust war. Robert Parham, executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics, wrote in his column at that President Obama’s decision to increase troop size in Afghanistan by 30,000 without a clear statement of the intended outcome of the surge […] Read More

On Dec. 1, President Obama addressed the nation and made a case why more war was needed to bring the present war in Afghanistan to a close. Immediately, many ethicists charged that Obama’s proposal failed the “just war” litmus test. Just war is a Christian concept used mainly by Euro-Americans to validate wars as either […] Read More

When President George W. Bush spoke 10 days after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, to a joint session of Congress, he made the case for war in Afghanistan. Bush gave the Afghan government an ultimatum and told the American military that the hour of war was coming.   “These demands are not open […] Read More

May was the deadliest month in Iraq for U.S. military personnel in 30 months of false promises, failed strategies and feckless stalling. American military fatalities last month totaled 124. The only months with higher U.S. casualties in the 4-year-old war were November 2004 with 137 deaths and April 2004 with 135. It’s time to get […] Read More

A Southern Baptist ethicist and ardent supporter of the war in Iraq said on public television it would be immoral for the United States to withdraw troops too soon. “Just war has as one its important principles proportionality, and what are the costs of staying and what are the costs of going,” Richard Land, president […] Read More

Here’s what we know. First, our reasons for going to war in Iraq were almost entirely based on fabrications and fantasies. There were no weapons of mass destruction, there was no connection between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 attacks, and there was no threat of Iraq acquiring nuclear weapons. That Saddam was a bad man […] Read More

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate cast moral votes last week on the White House’s plan to increase the number of troops in Iraq. The majority of Representatives took a moral, albeit symbolical, vote against an administration that fabricated a case for war, misleading the nation into an unnecessary conflict that never passed the […] Read More

How many more American troops and Iraqi civilians must die before America’s churches speak a prophetic word to President Bush that violence only begets more violence and more violence is not an acceptable path forward? How long before American Christians practice the Christianity of the one called Prince of Peace, who told his followers that […] Read More