Christian Ethics

The Importance of Moral Clarity

Pope Francis surely is a shepherd with the responsibility to guide his flock through history. He has the world’s ear – many are straining to hear him clearly…

Test Baker marked the first-ever underwater nuclear explosion when the 23 kiloton device was detonated on July 25, 1946.
Thinking About the Unthinkable

It was a terrible anniversary. Seventy years ago this past week, at zero eight fifteen hours, August 6th, 1945, the Enola Gay, a U.S. Army Air Force B-29, dropped an 8,900-pound bomb, dubbed “Little Boy”, over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later a second bomb, Fat Man, fell upon Nagasaki.

Soldiers approaching Omaha during the Normandy invasion.
War Is Not Hell

God can be loved and worshipped on the battlefield, and pacifism as opposed to soldiering stands as an exception to the Christian norm.

Uncle Sam Waterboarding
Always Wrong?

In the just war tradition, war (and therefore torture) are not only sometimes morally permissible but obligatory in order to restrain the enemy from sin.

Pope Francis
Merchants of Death?

The headlines are exasperating, if a bit hyperbolic: Reuters writes, “Pope Says Weapons Manufacturers Can’t Call Themselves Christians” while the Daily Beast puts it, “Pope: Gun Makers Are Not Christians.”

Flags at Arlington National Cemetery.
Remembering Not To Forget

Reflections on how people choose to spend Memorial Day and how this relates to Christian pacifism.