Preemptive War

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Christian ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain dies at 72

RNS () — Christian ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain, a scholar who shaped national conversations on war and peace from her … Continued

Catholicism, American style

AP This combo made from file photos shows Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. … Continued

Culture wars and actual wars: The GOP debate and bombing Iran

Justin Sullivan GETTY IMAGES Republican presidential candidates (L-R) U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and former … Continued

The 2013 budget: A looming drama of biblical proportions

JOSHUA ROBERTS REUTERS Boxes containing copies of the 2013 Federal Budget are displayed at the Government Printing Office in Washington … Continued

Afghanistan: Give it four months

In the wake of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s dismissal as chief commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Congress … Continued

Separation of Church and

The Methodist Church of Great Britain has became the second denomination to restrict participation in the far-right British National Party, … Continued

The Bishops’ Fear of Dissent

By Robert S. McElvainereligion historian At the last count, 68 American bishops have come out in public opposition to the … Continued

Apologies Good, Not Enough

For Pope Benedict to apologize for what “we” have done or for what “he” has done is not in any … Continued

The Vote Heard Around the World

Today Americans are safer than they have been since 2001. The power of our ideals and our ability to act … Continued

Rejecting Moralism and Cynicism

“That will set the United States’ position in this part of the world back fifty years!” I can still hear … Continued

As A Nation-State Israel Can Be Criticized

During the beginning of the war in Iraq, I was asked to give a lecture in Paris on some of … Continued

American Christians Must Recover Faith’s Early Emphasis on Non-violence

As a Christian who seeks to take Jesus seriously, I have an ultimate commitment to non-violence and a reluctant acceptance … Continued

We “Blew It” in Iraq

Christian philosophers centuries ago invented the concept of a “just war” in an effort to render war-making less capricious and … Continued

“Just War” or Just More War?

An increase of troops in Iraq is not the pursuit of a “Just War,” it is just more war. Indeed, … Continued

War Continues Because Humans Do Not Make Peace With God

Before getting to the question of “just war,” which theologians and politicians have been arguing for centuries, what about the … Continued