Eric Patterson

Eric Patterson, Ph.D., is President of the Religious Freedom Institute in Washington, DC, and scholar-at-large and past dean of the School of Government at Regent University. His expertise, informed by time at the US Department of State and in the military, is on just war thinking, the nexus of religion and national security, and Christian Realism.  He is the author or editor of 22 books, including Just American Wars, Politics in a Religious World, and Ending Wars Well.

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Niger, Coups, and Violence in West Africa

The July, 2023 coup in Niger has captured global attention as observers note the upward trend in military coups in West Africa

Moral vs. Immoral Resistance Part IV: The Dismal Ethics of Revolutionary Violence

Revolutionary violence is never ethically justified

Moral vs. Immoral Resistance Part III: The American War for Independence

Part 3 of Eric Patterson’s series on Just War

Moral vs. Immoral Resistance Part II: Dietrich Bonhoeffer vs. Colombia’s Terrorists

What is the difference between a terrorist and a freedom-fighter? Part 2 of Eric Patterson’s 4-part series on Just War.

Moral vs. Immoral Resistance Part I: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Non-Violent Direct Action

Part I of Eric Patterson’s four part series on the Just War Tradition

Heroes and Anti-Heroes: A Teachable Moment for the Next Generation

With the lines between good and evil portrayed as ever blurrier, distinguishing heroes, villains, and anti-heroes is critical

The Marshall Plan at 75: An Act to Promote World Peace

The Marshall Plan exemplified the alignment of values and interests good foreign policy should embody.

Just War Reasoning Overcomes Moral Ambiguity on War and Peace

Remarks delivered by Eric Patterson at Catholic University of America on Sept. 13th, 2022 on HR 1009.

Religious Freedom Day 2023 – Jefferson’s Virginia Statutes for Religious Freedom

Jefferson’s vision of freedom of religion continues to challenge Americans to strive for freedom at home and champion for others abroad