Just War Tradition

Just War and America’s Wars - Eric Patterson - National Security Conference 2019
Just War and America’s Wars

Eric Patterson, author of Just American Wars, spoke on Just War Thinking during Providence‘s annual National Security Conference in November…

On Killing Human Monsters - Auschwitz-Birkenau - Holocaust
On Killing Human Monsters

How should Christians respond to the killing of someone so monstrous that their death seems to be a net gain for the world, a victory for the goods of justice, order, and peace?

Five Reflections on Trump’s Soleimani Strike
Five Reflections on Trump’s Soleimani Strike

Like many, my reaction to the killing of Iran’s Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani has been an admixture of satisfaction and apprehension.

On Proportionality Trump’s Tweet is Wrong, but His Actions Are Right
On Proportionality Trump’s Tweet is Wrong, but His Actions Are Right

Is Donald Trump really supporting a disproportionate response against Iran? US military responses must be, and have been during the Trump administration, proportionate.

Lighten Up, Francis

Over the weekend, Pope Francis became the first leader of the Catholic Church since John Paul II in 1981 to…

How America Fights Wars in a Unique Way: Review of Patterson’s Just American Wars
How America’s Wars Have Been (Mostly) Just: Review of Eric Patterson’s Just American Wars

Eric Patterson contends in Just American Wars that the US is unique because of how it considers ethical and moral dilemmas when it fights. Particularly, the country’s democratic institutions force any politician who wishes to engage in a war to explain to voters, civil society, and other parts of the government why the war must be fought.

Babelic America? A Response to Paul D. Miller
Babelic America? A Response to Paul D. Miller

I am grateful to Paul D. Miller for his recent review of “Between Babel and Beast.” Some of his criticisms hit home, some miss the mark. I respond to a few.

The Just War Idea and America’s Wars: Eric Patterson’s Just American Wars: Ethical Dilemmas in US Military History

American thinkers initiated the recovery of the just war idea and its use in contemporary debate on ethics and the…

Paul Ramsey and the Recovery of the Just War Idea
Paul Ramsey and the Recovery of the Just War Idea

There are three important reasons why Paul Ramsey’s “The Just War” should be remembered and read by those who haven’t yet encountered it, or reread by those who have.