Justice and War: Theological Principles on the Use of Force and the Ethics of Armed Conflict
Threats to security and peace throughout human history have prompted questions about the morality of war. The recent rise of non-state actors and new terrorist challenges adds to the complexity of such moral concerns. In the face of external security threats, what is the statesman's responsibility to act in the interest of peace? Is the use of force by political authorities a "necessary" or "lesser" evil, or is it an exercise of virtuous principle? What theological ideas should guide policymakers overseeing and military leaders engaging in armed conflict? This course will discuss the just war tradition and key just war objectives of order, justice, and peace. It will also trace the divergent theological roots of pacifism. The seminar will equip Christians--whether serving in policy and military capacities or in ministry around them, or simply engaging as citizens--to reflect theologically on the ethics of force and armed conflict. Co-hosted with Providence: A Journal of Christianity & American Foreign Policy, and taught by:
Keith Pavlischek, Ph.D., Military Affairs Expert and United States Marine Corps Colonel (Ret.)
Eric Patterson, Dean, Regent University School of Government and Research Fellow, Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs
Marc LiVecche, Ph.D., Managing Editor of Providence and Scholar of Christian Ethics, War, & Peace at the Institute on Religion and Democracy
McLean Presbyterian Church
1020 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA 22101
Friday, Feb. 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 3, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
All are welcome to audit: $50 registration (includes Friday dinner, Saturday lunch).
1 hour credit for RTS students.
To audit, please click here to complete the audit registration form.