Just War

Just War

Articles

May 1, 2009

The House of Bishops Theology Committee report, "Some Observations on Just War," is well-meaning, but incomplete. It is really an attempt to reconcile core values with national security interests—different from the charge given to it by General Convention. The chosen means to do this was to...

August 1, 2006

The roots of Just War thinking are to be found, not in scripture, but in the Stoic tradition of philosophy that can be traced back in its essentials to Aristotle. The highest priority was not (as it tends to be in modern thinking) the preservation of human life, or even innocent life, at all...

April 30, 2003

By: George Packard

Today, the United States is the only super-power on the face of the earth. With such power comes the ability to wage war unilaterally using our own country’s set of presuppositions and or priorities. Yet the United States is a country, that ostensibly is “God fearing” and “under God.” As...

April 30, 2003

By: George Packard

The following paper was delivered to the Clericus of the Diocese of Vermont Randolph, Vermont, November 19, 2002 by Bishop George Packard

Before beginning, and for the record, let me list the generally agreed upon basics of  Just War.

A Just War should:

Be executed as a...

April 10, 2003

Speaking to reporters during a convocation at Elon University in North Carolina, retired archbishop of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu, said that he agrees with other international church leaders--including Pope John Paul II and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams--that the war in Iraq 'is a war...

February 3, 2003

The bishops of the Church in Wales, along with the bishop-elect of Monmouth, submitted a statement to the British House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee on January 31, in which they argue that the justifications suggested so far by the US and UK administrations in support of war...

February 3, 2003

United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert, appearing in a 30-second commercial for cable television, asserts that an attack on Iraq 'violates God's law.'

As the ecumenical officer for the United Methodist Council of Bishops, Talbert's remarks questioning Iraq's war policies are aimed at U....

February 3, 2003

Forty-six US religious leaders have urged caution about a US war with Iraq and are seeking a face-to-face meeting with President George W. Bush to press their case.

'War is not only--or even primarily--a military matter,' the Protestant and Orthodox leaders said in a January 30 letter...

January 21, 2003

A US-led invasion of Iraq at this time would fail to meet any of the theological tests by which war can be justified, Archbishop Michael Peers, the Canadian Anglican primate, said in a letter to church members.

The United States, Archbishop Peers says in the letter, has 'introduced a...

October 1, 2002

The House of BishopsThe Episcopal ChurchMeeting in Cleveland, Ohio

October 1, 2002

Dear Members of Congress,

As you begin this critical debate on behalf of the citizens of this country over the resolution to authorize military action against Iraq, we, the bishops of The...