Drawing primarily on Scripture and theology, Eric Patterson explores the moral dimensions of order, justice, and peace in light of key Christian doctrines such as love of neighbor, stewardship, vocation, and sphere sovereignty. He also examines the perennial questions of civil disobedience, terrorism, revolution, and holy war (including a discussion of Israel's removal of the Canaanites and the Crusades) and interacts with theological thinkers throughout Christian history. The volume concludes with a treatment of punishment and restitution, considering how these can help move a society toward conciliation.
While ideal as a textbook for courses on Christian ethics, theology and politics, and church and society, this book will also appeal to pastors and lay readers questioning the morality of war and Christians' involvement in force. Christians who serve in government, law enforcement, and the military will also find helpful guidance for thinking theologically about their vocations.
1. Just War Statecraft: The Quest for Peace
2. Theological Foundations of Just War Statecraft: Governance, Calling, and Stewardship
3. Historical Overview of the Christian Just War Tradition: Pursuing Peace and the Problem with Pacifism
4. Morality and Contemporary Warfare: Distinguishing Moral Resistance from Violent Rebellion
5. The Motivations and Characteristics of Just Warriors: The Role of Love, Anger, and Virtue
6. Ending Wars Well: Order, Justice, and Conciliation