A Basic Guide to the Just War Tradition: Christian Foundations and Practices
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A Basic Guide to the Just War Tradition: Christian Foundations and Practices  -     By: Eric Patterson

A Basic Guide to the Just War Tradition: Christian Foundations and Practices

Baker Academic / 2023 / Paperback

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This brief introduction surveys Christian thinking on an array of topics related to security and peace from a just war perspective. Drawing primarily on Scripture and theology, Eric Patterson explores the moral dimensions of order, justice, and peace in light of key Christian doctrines such as love of neighbor, stewardship, vocation, and sphere sovereignty. He also examines the perennial questions of civil disobedience, terrorism, revolution, and holy war (including a discussion of Israel's removal of the Canaanites and the Crusades) and interacts with theological thinkers throughout Christian history. The volume concludes with a treatment of punishment and restitution, considering how these can help move a society toward conciliation.

While ideal as a textbook for courses on Christian ethics, theology and politics, and church and society, this book will also appeal to pastors and lay readers questioning the morality of war and Christians' involvement in force. Christians who serve in government, law enforcement, and the military will also find helpful guidance for thinking theologically about their vocations.

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Title: A Basic Guide to the Just War Tradition: Christian Foundations and Practices
By: Eric Patterson
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2023
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 7 ounces
ISBN: 1540965473
ISBN-13: 9781540965479
Stock No: WW965479

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Eric Patterson (PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara) is president of the Religious Freedom Institute and scholar-at-large and former dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He previously served in the US military and at the US State Department. He has authored and edited numerous books on the ethics of war, including Just American Wars: Ethical Dilemmas in US Military History and Just War and Christian Traditions.

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