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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.

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Wherefore Art Thou, Senator Ball?

Senator Joseph H. Ball, a Republican from Minnesota appointed unexpectedly to office in 1940, supported the Lend-Lease Act to aid Britain in its defense against Nazi Germany and debated against Charles Lindbergh and his America First populism.

On Responsibility & Limits: A Christian Conversation About American Power

“A Christian Declaration on American Foreign Policy” aims to equip American Christians with principles rooted in our faith about our country’s moral responsibilities in the world at this unique time in history

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The Defense Budget: Can Stability Be Reached?

A recent Brookings event discussed negative effects of the Budget Control Act; the next administration will have to re-prioritize the defense budget.

Game of Thrones vs. Lord of the Rings: Tolkien’s Time at War Gave Him True Moral Realism
Game of Thrones vs. Lord of the Rings: Tolkien’s Time at War Gave Him True Moral Realism

Contrary to detractors like George R.R. Martin who say that Tolkien’s works are simplistic with a black and white view of morality, Tolkien wasn’t oblivious to how terrible the world can be, having been on the front line of the First World War.

Just Intelligence, Just Surveillance, & the Least Intrusive Standard
Just Intelligence, Just Surveillance, & the Least Intrusive Standard

Over the last ten years, scholars have shown deeper interest in applying the just war tradition to the extra bellum realm, especially to intelligence collection and surveillance.

Obama’s Final UN Speech Fails to Provide a Vision of U.S. Leadership
Obama’s Final UN Speech Fails to Provide a Vision of U.S. Leadership

Obama delivered his final United Nations speech, challenging people to contemplate the successes of the previous eight years. Yet, while providing admirable aspirations for a world slipping into chaos, Obama failed to provide a vision of U.S. leadership that would address the oncoming challenges.

A Christian Declaration on American Foreign Policy
A Christian Declaration on American Foreign Policy

We believe it is our responsibility to speak out at this time in order to provide a much-needed corrective to the current foreign policy debate.

Preview Obama Final UN Speech
A Preview to Obama’s Final UN Speech

Barack Obama makes the final appearance of his presidency today before the UN General Assembly. As we evaluate this address, consider this assessment of his September 2009 UN speech.

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