Just War Tradition

A Brief Reflection on Sedition and Reconciliation
A Brief Reflection on Sedition and Reconciliation

The sad and lamentable truth is that indeed this is who we are, for it was members of our own body-politic who did this, and we cannot heal if we do not confront the uncomfortable facts as they are. It was sedition.

The Morality of Assassinating Iran’s Mohsen Fakhrizadeh
The Morality of Assassinating Iran’s Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

The November 27 killing of Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in a roadside ambush near Absard, Iran, has engendered conversation about the morality, legality, and prudence of assassination.

Fight to Win: A Lesson from the Great War
Fight to Win: A Lesson from the Great War

It is because we desire the good of concord that we fight for a decisive end to conflict, one that secures and allows the enforcement of a durable peace.

“Peacemaking” and Public Policy: A Recipe for Disaster | Review of Hosler’s Hauerwas the Peacemaker?
“Peacemaking” and Public Policy: A Recipe for Disaster | Review of Hosler’s Hauerwas the Peacemaker?

In this volume, Nathan Scot Hosler looks to Stanley Hauerwas, one of the most outspoken pacifist theologians of our time, as inspiration for contemporary “peacemaking” and “peacebuilding” efforts.

A Violation of International Law? An Analysis of the UN Report on the Drone Killing of Gen. Soleimani
A Violation of International Law? An Analysis of the UN Report on the Drone Killing of Gen. Soleimani

The Human Rights Council of the United Nations released “Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions,” by Special Rapporteur Prof. Dr. Agnès S. Callamard, which holds that the successful drone strike in January killing Gen. Soleimani violated international law.

Pope Francis and the Problem of War in Fratelli Tutti
Pope Francis and the Problem of War in Fratelli Tutti

Pope Francis calls out the language of war. He speaks against “war” as a solution. In this, he echoes many prior popes.

Don’t Turn Vigilantes into Heroes

Regardless of what happens to Kyle Rittenhouse in the courts, treating vigilantes like heroes sets a dangerous precedent.

Eight Principles for Christian Realism
Eight Principles for Christian Realism

Followers of Christian realism generally share these eight assumptions, which can be found in the works of Reinhold Niebuhr, John C. Bennett, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and others.

The Virtuous Ruler: Hildegard of Bingen and the Question of Political Authority in Just War
The Virtuous Ruler: Hildegard of Bingen and the Question of Authority in Just War

For Hildegard, rulers who blatantly violate the virtuous example set by Christ lose their authority to rule. Following from that, an unvirtuous ruler would necessarily fail to be a right authority that can legitimately wage war.