Issues

Augustine of Hippo by Sandro Botticelli
Christian Ethics & the Realm of Statecraft: Divisions, Cross-Currents, & the Search for Connections

In what follows I will first lay out some of the most important obstacles, the challenges they pose, their respective weaknesses, and some thoughts on opportunities they offer; then I will offer some thoughts on how best to bring Christianity into engagement with American foreign policy.

The Peace Negotiations Between Claudius Civilis and the Roman Captain Cerealis by Otto van Veen, 1600-1613
Shield & Sword: The Case for Military Deterrence

Some lament the fact that we live in such a violent world, but that’s precisely the point. Because we live in a violent world, governments must take steps to deter those who can be deterred—and neutralize those who cannot.

Christian Realism
Christian Realism & U.S. Foreign Policy

Reinhold Niebuhr exposed the assumptions of progressive Christianity and helped create the political theology of “Christian realism”, which sought a more biblical view of how the Christian citizen can live responsibly within a civilization in crisis.

Training for War
A Call To Arms: An American Survey of War in the 21st Century

Since my commissioning in 1988 as a United States Army Chaplain Candidate, the fundamental purpose of war has changed relatively little: war generally remains a contest of wills to achieve political ends between nation-states employing military force. However, war inherently seems different today, does it not? How so?

French police use violence to prevent violence
Neither Yoder Nor Foucault: Politics & the Problem of Violence in Andy Crouch’s Playing God

Crouch’s book is a masterful and sorely needed correction regarding the nature and possibilities of power but it stops short precisely at that place where 21st-century American Christians are most perplexed with power: politics.

Middle East
Toward a New Vision for the Middle East

From the Print Edition: a bold vision for moving toward peace

More than Good News

The primary aims of Mark Amstutz’s Evangelicals and American Foreign Policy are twofold. First he intends to provide a “more compelling account of Evangelicals’ influence on America’s role in the world” than has been previously appreciated. The book’s second, and primary, task is to issue both a challenge and a caution.

How the Left Stabbed Israel in the Back

Joshua Muravchik’s Making David into Goliath: How the World Turned Against Israel would be an excellent primer for anyone who wants to understand a pro-Israeli perspective on how the Jewish state went from the world’s darling to the world’s pariah. More specifically, the book details how the left turned against Israel.

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