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Between Pacifism and Jihad: Just War and Christian Tradition
Pacifism. Jihad. Militarism. Are these our only alternatives for dealing with global injustice today? J. Daryl Charles leads us to reconsider a Christian view of the use of force to maintain or reestablish justice. He shows how love for a neighbor can warrant the just use of force. Reviewing and updating the widely recognized but not necessarily well-understood just-war te ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published June 25th 2005 by InterVarsity Press
(first published May 27th 2005)
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Discussing issues raised for Christians by the possibility and character of just war, Charles adopts an approach summarizable by three points. First, his approach develops a middle and critically mediating position between pacifism and militarism. Second, he articulates that position within a framework derived partly from judicious interpretation of Scripture, partly from critical and intellectual engagement with Christian tradition, including explicit discussion of seminal Christian thinkers ra ...more
Uses Latin for no apparent reason except to improve perception of self as authoritative, which he's not. His attempts to use the Bible to back up his arguments are poor. He says he's reading between the lines, but he's really just making up dichotomies that don't exist in the scriptures. In the end he believes Jesus' words, such as the Sermon on the Mount, apply to individuals, but not to states and those in positions of authority. I just saved you 8 hours of reading.
Oct 07, 2007 Shane rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to defend just war and Christians can serve in the military
Gives a very comprehensive overview of Christian thought and teachings from the time of Christ to the present on how just war theory is still applicable and needed in today's theological discussions.