Just War

Providence Represents at the 2019 McCain Conference on Moral Injury

The McCain Conference—the annual ethics conference for service academies and allied institutions held at the US Naval Academy’s Stockdale Center…

C.S. Lewis, War, and the Christian Character
C.S. Lewis, War, and the Christian Character

Here is a transcript of Marc LiVecche’s lecture on Christianity and war for the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society.

Evangelicals’ Foreign Policy Views Are More Diverse than Academic Portrayals | Book Review of Timothy D. Padgett’s Swords and Plowshares
Evangelicals’ Views on Foreign Policy and War Are More Diverse than Many Assume | Review of Padgett’s Swords and Plowshares

Modern authors tend to view American evangelicals as a monolithic assembly, rarely describing the varying facets of their beliefs. In his book “Swords and Plowshares: American Evangelicals on War, 1937–1973,” Timothy D. Padgett attempts to dispel this misconception.

D-Day & the Triumph of Human Being
D-Day & the Triumph of Human Being

Today should be a reminder, especially, perhaps, to Christians, that sometimes fights need to be fought. We worship a God who mandated governments to use the sword to deploy violent action, in the last resort and in measures sufficient to win the fight, when nothing but proportionate and discriminate force will protect the innocent, take back what has been unjustly taken, or punish sufficiently grave evil.

Can Weaponry Be Humane?
Can Weaponry Be Humane?

The development of this weaponry raises a question relevant to Christian ethics: Can weaponry be humane?

Tending the Garden of the Real
Tending the Garden of the Real

Cultivating the garden of world order includes tending to the tasks that uphold public safety, execute justice and promote human flourishing.

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.

Legitimate Authority & Just War
Legitimate Authority and Just War

Just war theorists should agree that war must be waged according to the rule of law if it is to be considered an exercise of “legitimate authority.” The American system, with its marbling of war powers between the executive and legislative branches, usually requires authorization based on the deliberative consent of the popular will expressed through the people’s representatives in Congress.

The Price of Cheap Order: Afghanistan, America and Endless War

In fact, this finger-in-the-dam strategy is the best available option given America’s de facto preference to enjoy relative freedom from jihadist violence without the expense of solving the root problems from which jihadism springs. This style of frontier warfare is the price America pays for regional order on the cheap.