Just War Theory Isn’t Obsolete

Apr 18, 2016 by

by Gregory Brown, Public Discourse: Modern warfare may have vastly increased the scale, but the traditional criteria for just war remain sound, especially in helping leaders avoid the false extremes of cynical realism and idealistic pacifism. War has been a constant, more or less, for all of human history. Yet many wars are unjust, often gravely and manifestly so. In the face of this injustice, what is one to do? Many people, the realists, accept it. War and its injustices, they reason, are...

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Neither Fox News Nor Donald Trump Are Going To Come For You With An AK, Whereas…

Dec 10, 2015 by

By James Delingpole, Breitbart: All today and yesterday, the UK media and the Twittersphere have abounded with commenters – politicians, media pundits, even the Metropolitan police – saying how thoroughly they condemn Donald Trump’s proposed Muslim ban and his claim that parts of Britain’s Islamised inner cities have become places where the authorities fear to tread. If I wanted to follow their example and ramp up the ludicrous rhetoric, I might almost go so far as to say that these people are...

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Former Bishop of Oxford Richard Harries ‘not opposed to bombing campaigns in principle’

Dec 2, 2015 by

By Caroline Mortimer, Independent: The former Bishop of Oxford has said Britain should not bomb Syria yet – but that he is “not opposed to the bombing campaigns in principle”. In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme, Lord Richard Harries said the proposed aerial bombing campaignagainst Isis did not meet several of the criteria for a “just war” in Christian thought. He said there were six broad principles a war must meet in order to be seen as morally...

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Archbishop responds to Prime Minister’s statement on Syria

Nov 26, 2015 by

Archbishop Justin Welby responded in the House of Lords today to the Prime Minister’s statement on extending British military operations in Syria. “I thank the Leader of the House for the repetition of the statement, and particularly the publication of the Foreign Affairs Committee report, and particularly in both the statement and the report for the seriousness of their emphasis on a comprehensive approach – both of the seriousness of military action but also of the integration of soft...

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Operation Safe Havens: Rescuing Christians in Danger

Jun 12, 2015 by

By Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, Barnabas Fund: “Be a safe place for those on the run from the killing fields.” (Isaiah 16:4)* Operation Safe Havens: Rescuing Christians in Danger I recently returned from a trip to five countries of the Middle East. I have visited the region countless times over the last two decades and have seen first-hand the tragic deterioration of the situation for Christians, especially in countries like Syria and Iraq where they used to be treated with respect as equal citizens....

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Conciliation with Liberal Modernity is Not Possible

Jun 10, 2015 by

By James Kalb, Crisis Magazine: The transcendent aspects of religion have little meaning for most educated Westerners today. They may consider religion worthy of respect or at least toleration when it relates to practical matters like willingness to help others and accept them as they are. Otherwise, it’s “fundamentalist”—strange, irrational, dangerous, oppressive, and very likely fraudulent. So when the issue comes up, they want doctrine to be subordinated to social and personal concerns or...

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