Just War theory


(Daniel Meyer) #1

I’m interested in reading an intro-level book (or audio book) on just war theory. Anyone have a recommendation?


(Brandon Myers) #2

Hmmmm…short on intro level books but check out the following:

A pretty thorough article from a few years ago: https://providencemag.com/2016/02/the-just-war-as-christian-tradition/

D.A. Carson gave a pretty solid sermon on this a few years ago: https://www.capitolhillbaptist.org/sermon/just-war/

James Turner Johnson has written some very helpful and accessible books on just war. I read a few of them many years ago and your local library might have some of them. However, they are expensive to buy.

Here is a pretty helpful recent related podcast on pacifism as well: http://www.doctrineanddevotion.com/podcast/pacifism

Also I have not read it but J. Daryl Charles is a good author and this would be worth looking into: https://www.amazon.com/Just-War-Tradition-Introduction-Institutions-ebook/dp/B00JRMY6O8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548443968&sr=8-1&keywords=the+just+war+tradition

Hope these bless you!

In and for Christ,


(Ken Lamb) #3

An important topic that needs better answers than what I hear from within most of the evangelical community.


(Archie) #4

Hey, Dan. I have a high school classmate that just finished a book on a history of the treatment of war by evangelicals from before WWII until after Vietnam. I asked him this question. He recommended “In Defense Of War” by Nigel Biggar

No idea if it will be any good or not, but it may provide you somewhere to start.