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During the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the American government authorized "enhanced interrogation techniques" to obtain answers for potentially life-threatening situations from those in custody of U.S. forces. In this volume from the Reformed Academic Dissertation series, J. Porter Harlow argues that this policy was contrary to Scripture and the just war tradition established by Augustine, Calvin, Murray, and Ramsey.In How Should We Treat Detainees?, Harlow:
- explains the background of "enhanced interrogation techniques" used on detainees
- details how historical prohibitions against torture, violence, and sexual and religious humiliation during interrogations were violated
- demonstrates how those prohibitions are consistent with Scripture and the just war tradition
- shows how the support of these interrogation techniques by prominent theologians conflicts with the just war tradition
- encourages Christians to use the same criteria for decisions about national security policy that they use for other moral issues.
About the Series
P&R's Reformed Academic Dissertation (RAD) series consists of top-tier dissertations (Ph.D., Th.D., D.Min., and Th.M.) that advance biblical and theological scholarship by making distinctive contributions in the areas of theology, ethics, biblical studies, apologetics, and counseling. Dissertations in the RAD series are carefully selected, on the basis of strong recommendations by the authors' supervisors and examiners and by internal readers, to be part of this collection. Each selected dissertation provides clear, fresh, and engaging insights about significant theological issues.
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Series: Reformed Academic Dissertations
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J. Porter Harlow (J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law; LL.M., U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals Legal Center and School; M.A.R., Reformed Theological Seminary) recently retired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as an operational law attorney—including serving as an associate professor of international and operational law at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals School in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Brings a sharp and analytical legal and theological perspective to a difficult and contested topic. Offering a biblical critique of enhanced interrogation techniques and working within the centuries-old framework of the just war tradition, Harlow shows that hard questions can be answered and that, in a world of gray, black and white does exist.
—Timothy J. Demy, Professor of Military Ethics, U.S. Naval War College
Porter Harlow has written a richly informed, morally compelling treatise on one of the signal ethical issues of our day. The treatment of the weak and the outcast is a sure test of a nations character—and who has less status than a prisoner of war?
—Daniel M. Doriani, Vice President of Strategic Academic Initiatives and Professor of Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary