Christian Ethics

Augustine the “Liberal”?
Augustine the “Liberal”?

In a recent issue of Providence, several scholars presented a defense of liberalism that cited Augustine. Daniel Strand responds that many things about Augustine are not liberal at all and would probably set him deeply at odds with American liberal democracy.

Post-Truth and Consequences
Post-Truth and Consequences

If we cannot agree on what is true and where to find the truth—even on whether there’s such a thing as truth—how can we develop, build support for, and carry out policies that defend our nation and deter our enemies?

Theology and Border Walls
Theology and Border Walls

While the just war tradition has typically focused on international conflict, just war logic has rarely been used to analyze the ethics of border security and border walls. This failure is to our detriment.

Sympathy for Hoda Muthana is Acceptable. Mercy without Justice is Not
Sympathy for Hoda Muthana is Acceptable. Mercy without Justice is Not

It is sad to grow up and realize you’ve become a monster. The awareness does not change the fact that you are now a monster.

Jerry Johnson and Debra Erikson on the Pros and Cons of Trump’s Foreign Policy
Jerry Johnson and Debra Erikson on the Pros and Cons of Trump’s Foreign Policy

Here are contrasting views of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy by Jerry Johnson and Debra Erickson.

People of Faith and the Venezuela Crisis
People of Faith and the Venezuela Crisis

Is there a properly Judeo-Christian perspective on the current crisis in Venezuela? It depends on whom you ask. In a word, it’s complicated, even among those of the same faith community.

For God and Country, Part 1: Christian Patriotism
For God and Country, Part 1: Christian Patriotism

Works by C.S. Lewis and Tim Keller can help us understand the outlines of a healthy Christian patriotism—a righteous love of one’s imperfect country and home, including the people there and much more.

Whither the Niebuhrians? Why Niebuhr has Fallen Upon Hard Times
Whither the Niebuhrians? Why Niebuhr has Fallen Upon Hard Times

As young Christians continue to rediscover the religion’s historical ethical tradition, their affinity for Niebuhr is likely to continue to abate.

The Nations after Christmas
The Nations after Christmas

Christianity’s political theology tips its hand at Christmastide. What’s in the cards for world order? Tidings of a coming “Desire of the Nations.” Songs of how “He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove the glories of his righteousness and wonders of his love.” Promises of “peace on earth.” Juxtapose all this with our time, when trumpeting “America first” sounds to some like jingoist nationalism and to others like the return of national sovereignty.