Daniel Strand

Daniel Strand

Daniel Strand, PhD, is a faculty member in the Air War College. He serves as an assistant professor of ethics in Department of Leadership and Warfighting. Prior to his appointment, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Arizona State University (2015-19) in the History Department and the Program in Political History and Leadership. At the Air War College, he teaches courses on the just war tradition, ethics and leadership, and contemporary political ethics. Strand's research interests include the political and moral theology of Augustine of Hippo and the Augustinian tradition, ethics and foreign policy, the just war tradition, bioethics, and moral theory. He is the author of the forthcoming Gods of the Nations (Cambridge University Press), a historical study of Augustine's political theology in City of God. He has published articles and book chapters on Augustine of Hippo, Hannah Arendt, and the ethics of euthanasia. He is a contributing editor at Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy. He received his BA from the University of Minnesota, MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and PhD in religion and ethics from the University of Chicago.
Absolutism Resurrected: Why We Should Be Cautious of the Expansion of Executive Power under Obama and Trump
Absolutism Resurrected: Why We Should Be Cautious of the Expansion of Executive Power under Obama and Trump

Americans fought a revolution over the exercise of absolute power. We should think long and hard about resurrecting absolutist tendencies in the modern presidency and how we can put the genie back in the bottle.

A Return to Christian Realism
A Return to Christian Realism

We need a return to a sober Christian Realism that appreciates our fallenness, the fallenness of the world, and our limits in shaping world events.

George H.W. Bush and the Vocation of Politics
George H.W. Bush and the Vocation of Politics

President George H.W. Bush was a principled Christian politician who was devoted to public service as an outgrowth of his faith, and not in spite of it.

Augustinian Realism and the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi - PBS News Hour David Brooks
Augustinian Realism and the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

On PBS News Hour, David Brooks quoted St. Augustine to criticize President Trump’s response toward the Saudis for the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Was Brooks right about Augustine?

Intersectionality Goes International: Amnesty International Demands Postponement of Brett Kavanaugh Vote
Intersectionality Goes International: Amnesty International Demands Postponement of Brett Kavanaugh Vote

As if the circus-turned-madhouse confirmation process could not get any more bizarre, Amnesty International has demanded that the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing be postponed.

Social Justice and the Gospel: The John MacArthur Controversy
Social Justice and the Gospel: The MacArthur Controversy

Some evangelicals’ unthinking appropriation of social justice ideas can be faddish, light on theology, heavy on sentiment, and heavy on progressive politics. But John MacArthur overgeneralizes too much and lapses into caricature too often in his critique of “social justice.”

A Responsible Man in An Irresponsible Age
A Responsible Man in an Irresponsible Age

Nobody seems willing to look at their tribe or blame themselves for their role in our current state of national politics.

Throne-Altar Nostalgia: Appeal of Catholic Integralism Grows
Throne-Altar Nostalgia: Appeal of Catholic Integralism Grows

For American Protestants used to the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom, integralism—the doctrine that the state should publicly support the Catholic Church and protect that faith—sounds strange.

Sacrifices for World Order Nobody is Willing to Make
Sacrifices for World Order Nobody is Willing to Make

The world still requires order, and that still requires sacrifice. Many now believe we can have world order, peace, stability, and prosperity on the cheap. We can coast merely on soft power (Democrats) or by promoting national interests (Republicans) without the hard work and heavy lifting required to actually maintain that order, whether through diplomacy or hard power.

United Methodist Social Principles: Christian Social Principles or Political Preferences?
United Methodist Social Principles: Christian Social Principles or Political Preferences?

The United Methodist Social Principles fails to explain how the authors derive their conclusions from the authority of scripture, which should be the ultimate rule and guide for Christian social principles. And it fails even to reference the long and illustrious history of Christian reflection on these questions.