Syria

Redraw the Map Middle East
Redraw the Map: A Christian Call for Middle East Peace

Terry Ascott’s solution for the Middle East tramples over one of the region’s most sacred cows: Redraw the map.

Marrakesh Mosque
Erasing Christianity in the Middle East

The Marrakesh Declaration is a good—albeit late—start. Political and religious leaders in the Middle East’s Muslim-majority nations have much ground to cover to protect religious minorities. Shiites are targeted in Sunni-majority nations, Sunnis in Shiite-majority nations, and Christians virtually everywhere in the Middle East.

Russian Orthodox Church
Russian Orthodox Church’s Flawed Syria Policy

Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church clearly have a close relationship, but their foreign policy in Syria is flawed.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby Enthronement Ceremony
Three Cheers for the Archbishop of Canterbury & British Realism!

At the Church of England’s General Synod last November, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby delivered one of the most rousing calls to a truly Christian realistic approach to the civil war in Syria and the rise of Islamic radicalism in recent memory.

Just War Against Islamic State ISIS
What a Just War Against the Islamic State Looks Like

Just war aims at peace. As Augustine argued, “Every man seeks peace by waging war, but no man seeks war by making peace.” We do not fight war for its own sake, or for revenge, profit, or prestige. The only conceivable rationale for waging war is to create a world of better, deeper, more lasting peace than the one that led to war in the first place.

Obama & Putin Meet at G20
Putin Cleans Obama’s Clock

With American planes bombing Islamic State targets and Russian planes bombing the non-Islamic State targets, we are now supporting Putin’s aggression in Syria by eliminating all Sunni Arab opponents of the Assad regime.

Optimistic in India
Why I Am More Optimistic Than Ever

Bad stuff will continue to happen around the world in 2016. But there are good reasons to be optimistic.

Prayer Candles
A Holiday Prayer Challenge for World Peace

Religions, particularly the Christian faith that animated so much of US history, typically tell their adherents to pray for peace. A consortium of faith groups, under the umbrella “Evangelicals for Peace” has launched a thoughtful new year prayer initiative that anyone can participate in.

Russian S-400 Missiles in Syria
Faith and History

“With history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.” -John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961