J. Daryl Charles

J. Daryl Charles is an affiliate scholar of the John Jay Institute and has served as the Acton Institute Affiliated Scholar in Theology & Ethics. He is author, co-author or editor of 21 books, including (with Eric Patterson) Just War and Christian Traditions (University of Notre Dame Press, 2022), (with Mark David Hall) America and the Just War Tradition: A History of U.S. Conflicts (University of Notre Dame Press, 2019), (with David D. Corey) The Just War Tradition: An Introduction (ISI Books, 2012), (with Timothy J. Demy) War, Peace, and Christianity (Crossway, 2010), and Between Pacifism and Jihad (IVP, 2005). He can be reached at dcharles@jjifellows.org.

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A Cold War–Just War Response to Nuclear Threats
A Cold War–Just War Response to Nuclear Threats

Vladimir Putin’s recent announcement to place his nation’s nuclear deterrent forces on a state of heightened alert invites those of us in the free world—and surely the United States—to revisit the just war assumptions that served as a deterrence during the Cold War.

Russia, China, and a Cold War–Just War Response

The present need is to deter China and Russia. This is why a “cold war” and a “just war” response is necessary.

“Peacemaking” and Public Policy: A Recipe for Disaster | Review of Hosler’s Hauerwas the Peacemaker?
“Peacemaking” and Public Policy: A Recipe for Disaster | Review of Hosler’s Hauerwas the Peacemaker?

In this volume, Nathan Scot Hosler looks to Stanley Hauerwas, one of the most outspoken pacifist theologians of our time, as inspiration for contemporary “peacemaking” and “peacebuilding” efforts.

The Lamb and the Lion: Review of Boyd’s Crucifixion of the Warrior God

Gregory Boyd’s Crucifixion of the Warrior God attempts to argue that the Old Testament accounts of God’s “violence” are not true portraits of the character of God. In another era, this 1,445-page project would have been called heresy.

US Army or Islamic War College?
US Army or Islamic War College?

Raymond Ibrahim was scheduled to lecture on June 19 at the War College’s Carlisle, PA, barracks as part of its 2019 Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series. But the college disinvited him after the Council on American Islamic Relations protested.

Islamophobia Unveiled: Unsympathetic Reflections on a New Watchword
Islamophobia Unveiled: Unsympathetic Reflections on a New Watchword

Real intolerance against Muslims exists, no question. But the term “Islamophobia” is too often deployed to inhibit rather than encourage dialogue about honest questions, concerns, or grievances.

Revising or Applying the Just War Tradition? Review of Dubik’s Just War Reconsidered
Revising or Applying the Just War Tradition? Review of Dubik’s Just War Reconsidered

James M. Dubik’s argument in Just War Reconsidered is straightforward: current just war theorizing is insufficient insofar as it “omits a major part of the conduct of war.” A “new addition” to jus in bello theory is urgently needed.

The Moral Underpinnings of Just Retribution: Justice & Charity in Symbiosis

The notion of retribution or punishment has long been the scourge of social science. Christian thinkers should develop the distinction between retribution and revenge or retaliation.

Early Church
“The Early Church on War and Killing” (Books & Culture, January-February 2016): A Response

On the complex moral issue of war, one might expect to find a diversity of views in the history of Christian thought. Ron Sider disagrees. He’s wrong.