Questions of pacifism and just war, which
have preoccupied Christian thinkers from
time to time over the past 1700 years, are
given distinctive treatment in this book as
it discusses biblical sources for the
questions, builds on historical examples
both of just war theory and of pacifism, and
shows how Christian pacifism is a live
option in many contexts.
Lisa Sowle Cahill examines the theological bases of
just war theory and pacifism, especially in
light of the concept of the kingdom of God,
as that motif illuminates Christian
discipleship. Differences between the
theory and just war and the
practice of pacifism are highlighted
in the overview of the history of Christian
thought on the subject, and the
inclusiveness of the ideal of the kingdom
for pacifism is emphasized.
Dimensions6 x 9
Publication DateJune 1, 1994
"This is a clear, useful, engaging, and instructive account of Christian ethics on the issues of killing, war, and peace. It will probably do for another generation what Bainton's book did for a previous oneprovide a standard resource on Christian attitudes toward war and peace. The book will be widely read, discussed, and taught."
Richard B. Miller, Indiana University
This book is about Christian discipleship. What does it mean today to live as a follower of Jesus? More specifically, this book is about the relationship between discipleship and the moral life. What is the primary context in which the Christian works out concrete moral actionthe kingdom of God as disclosed and brought near by the Sermon on the Mount, or the networks of natural human relationships whose ambiguities and conflicts are mediated by moral rules and political institutions?
from the Preface