Eric Patterson

Eric Patterson, Ph.D., is executive vice president of the Religious Freedom Institute in Washington, DC, 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 the intersection of war, conflict, and the ethics of security. He is the author or editor of 15 books, including Just American Wars, Politics in a Religious World, and Ending Wars Well.

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The Danger of Revolutionary Idealism: the Violence of Collectivism

The Rise of Violent, Revolutionary Ideology in the 20th Century and its Christian Realist Tonic.

Neville Chamberlain declaring peace in his time: September 30, 1938
The Folly of Wishful Thinking Idealism: the Indwelling Sin of All Men

Wishful Thinking Idealism, unlike Christian Realism, believes that everyone, even competition, is fundamentally reasonable.

The Song of Deborah: a Call for Responsible Leadership

Human societies do not “fall into” a libertarian peace, nor do they self-organize at the grass-roots level into peaceful communes. No, they fall into anarchy, which is an open invitation to tyranny.

UN Releases Uighur Human Rights Report Despite Chinese Intimidation

The Uighurs would be in a very different situation if we could get Middle Eastern governments to restrict the flow of oil to China or if South Asian governments would say no to China’s tempting low-interest infrastructure projects.

Major U.S. and British Government-sponsored Summits Defend Global Religious Freedom

Two recently held major international conferences brought together thousands of religious freedom advocates and government officials to cooperate in taking concrete action to end religious persecution.  

Vladimir Putin visited the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency (2016-06-07)
Why The World is Lukewarm on Ukraine

Moscow and Beijing’s argument of “Western encroachment” has an aura of authenticity in other capitals around the world, where there is a sense that the West’s business enterprises, Hollywood culture, and radical sexual ideologies are bludgeoning their cultures.

G.K. Chesterton and the Patriotism of Flag Day
G.K. Chesterton and the Patriotism of Flag Day

Christians ought to carefully think about Flag Day, both in terms of symbols and in terms of citizenship.

In Defense of Christian Realism
In Defense of Christian Realism

Eric Patterson and Robert Joustra discuss their recently released book, “Power Politics and Moral Order,” and defend the necessity of a Christian realist framework with which to pursue political ends.

G.K. Chesterton on the Necessity of Public Monuments and Memorials - Memorial Day
G.K. Chesterton on the Necessity of Public Monuments and Memorials

In this atmosphere of apathetic patriotism, G.K. Chesterton’s “Defense of Publicity,” an essay on public monuments, might draw focus back to the purpose of Memorial Day.

Just War and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine: A Talk at Patrick Henry College
Just War and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine: A Talk at Patrick Henry College

Eric Patterson spoke at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, about how just war thinking can provide analysis on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.