Just War as Christian Discipleship


Format: Paperback

Vendor: Baker Publishing Group

Publication Date: October 01, 2009

ISBN: 1587432250

ISBN-13: 9781587432255

Number of Pages: 268

Dimensions: 9 × 6 (inches)

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"By reframing just war as a discipline of Christian discipleship, Bell has breathed new life into the discussion surrounding this important topic. This book is accessible to those well versed in the debates as well as those who are confronting these issues for the first time." – Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School

This provocative and timely primer on the just war tradition connects just war to the concrete practices and challenges of the Christian life. Daniel Bell explains that the point is not simply to know the just war tradition but to live it even in the face of the tremendous stresses and difficulties associated with war.

Just War as Christian Discipleship recovers contexts and specifics of the just war tradition that have been widely forgotten. Instead of seeing the tradition as a checklist to complete that justifies a proposed or ongoing war, Bell looks back to the aspects of the tradition that were about forming, supporting, and holding accountable Christians as just warriors. He shows how just war practice, if it is to be understood as a faithful form of Christian discipleship, must be rooted in and shaped by the fundamental convictions and confessions of the faith. The book includes a foreword by an Army chaplain who has served two tours in Iraq and study questions for group use.

Author Info

Daniel M. Bell Jr. (PhD, Duke University) is professor of theological ethics at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. He has worked extensively with both retired and active duty military personnel on the just war tradition. Bell is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and the author of Liberation Theology after the End of History.

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