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Pacem in Terris and Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger thought deeply about the legacy of Pope John XXIII’s encyclical “Pacem in Terris” (Peace on Earth)

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To Remember is an Action Verb

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Among much else, it reminds us that the distinction between good and evil–the ability to make it–is essential to human flourishing.

Reinhold Niebuhr’s Vision of the Future

Reinhold Niebuhr’s never-before-published article from 1953 on the future he hoped to live in

Reinhold Niebuhr’s Rejection

By their fruits he shall know them.

Just War in One Principle: The Reality of Sin

There are many arguments in favor of Just War Theory, but none so potent as the reality of human sinfulness

Does Civilization Need Religion?

Reinhold Niebuhr asked the question “Does civilization need religion?” in 1929 and his answer is relevant as ever

Twitter and Christendom

We meed a Christian Realist ethic of social media

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Just War 101 — E9: Prudence; or, Reality (Sometimes) Bites

Just war morality demands that ethical judgements must take into account certain cold, unrelenting, and frustratingly immovable facts. Wisdom matters.

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

Revolutionary violence is never ethically justified

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