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When God Says War Is Right: The Christian’s Perspective on When and How to Fightby Darrell Cole
Synopses & Reviews
Across the centuries, how have Christians who follow the Prince of Peace responded to the recurring reality of war? And what guidance do they offer for believers today–in the midst of global conflict?
In When God Says War Is Right, Dr. Darrell Cole offers thorough and highly readable answers. His expert examination focuses on these topics:
Relating the character of God with the use of force
Determining when and how Christians ought to fight
Understanding why Christian virtues are vital when using force
Using nuclear weapons for deterrence
Learning lessons from World War II, Vietnam, and the 1991 Gulf War
Responding to today’s war against terrorism
Dr. Cole focuses on Romans 13, where Paul commands us to “do what is right” (or “good” or “noble”) in regard to our governing authorities, who have legitimate war-making authority. In the case of war, what is “right” for the Christian? This book answers that essential question. In today’s war-stricken world, Dr. Cole provides timely, trustworthy, and vitally needed guidance for Christians.
About the Author
\Dr. Darrell Cole is assistant professor of religion at Drake University in Madison, New Jersey, and taught previously at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, and a graduate of Lynchburg College, he holds masters degrees in philosophy from Ohio University, in religion from Yale University, and in theology from Duke University, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
Table of Contents
Theologically born : the genesis of Christian just war doctrine — Why Christians use force : what God's character tells us — Christian virtue and warfare : the formation of just war leaders and soldiers — When Christians should fight : the criteria of jus ad bellum — How Christians should fight : the criteria for jus in bello — World War II, Vietnam, and the Gulf War : applying just war analysis — Nuclear weeapons and deterrence : restoring the ability fo fight justly — Just warfare and terrorism : facing a new enemy.
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