Christians and War: A Brief History
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Christians and War: A Brief History  -     By: A. James Reimer

Christians and War: A Brief History

Fortress Press / 2023 / Paperback

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Religion, and specifically Christianity, has often been blatantly invoked to support or oppose war and violence of all kinds. Christians are deeply divided over whether and when such violence is justifiable.

James Reimer offers a fair presentation of these controversial standpoints, including the classical Christian attitudes toward war: crusading or holy war, just war, and pacifism. His thoughtful survey of Christian teachings and practices on issues of war, violence, and the state takes readers from classical Greco-Roman times to postmodernity. Arguing that the church's responses to war can only be understood through the church's changing relationship to culture, Reimer concludes with an analysis of the contemporary debate and proposes criteria for legitimate and illegitimate use of force by nation-states.

Through confronting the Christian church's history, which is complex and sometimes difficult to endure, Reimer encourages readers to think critically and come to hold their own position that promotes both peace and justice.

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Title: Christians and War: A Brief History
By: A. James Reimer
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 90
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2023
Dimensions: 7 X 4.25 (inches)
Weight: 5 ounces
ISBN: 1506488560
ISBN-13: 9781506488561
Stock No: WW488561

Author Bio

James Reimer was professor of religious studies at Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo, and also professor of historical theology at Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto. His research centered on critical theory and historical theology, and recent publications include The Dogmatic Imagination: The Dynamics of Christian Belief (Herald Press, 2003) and Paul Tillich: Theologian of Nature, Culture, and Politics (2004).

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