Christian Realism

Two Cheers for McNerney’s Just War Resolution

American thinking has often been shaped by Just War Theory, if implicitly. Last year, Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA) introduced HR 1009 that clarifies and makes explicit the American commitment to the just war tradition. 

Ukraine after One Year: A Sober Assessment

After years of appeasement and failing to reckon with a reborn Russian imperialism, the U.S. and NATO nations are awaking from their moral and military slumber.

Just War 101 – E4: Spurs and Restraints: Overview of the JAB and the JIB

As should already be clear from this series’ first three essays (here, here, and here), the Christian realist just war…

Can Ukraine Win the War?

Ukraine is under no obligation to surrender.

Deter Conventional Wars to Avoid Nuclear Precipice

In 1983, Just War scholar William O’Brien wrote: “The greatest threats to the free world do not arise from the…

Resurrecting GK Chesterton’s Democracy of the Dead 

This Veterans Day, growing disrespect for the war-dead seems a sad symptom of our ever-widening distance from the ways of our ancestors.

A Coalition of the Past: A Review of The Strategy of Denial

A Critical Review of The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict by Elbridge Colby, Yale University Press, 2021. 

The Danger of Revolutionary Idealism: the Violence of Collectivism

The Rise of Violent, Revolutionary Ideology in the 20th Century and its Christian Realist Tonic.

Neville Chamberlain declaring peace in his time: September 30, 1938
The Folly of Wishful Thinking Idealism: the Indwelling Sin of All Men

Wishful Thinking Idealism, unlike Christian Realism, believes that everyone, even competition, is fundamentally reasonable.