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The issue facing religious people ­ should they right in war, or not? Jesus told his followers not to fight
or resist with ager. Instead, Jesus taught about the importance of righteousness and peace and to love
enemies; Jesus is known as the `Prince of Peace' in the NT;…

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The JAW was first developed during a time when Christians found themselves in a position where their
obedience to the state was in conflict with their traditional obligation to resist the use of violence. The
theory originated with Augustine, who set out the reasons for going to was, and…

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Strengths of the Just War Theory
Attempts to maintain core moral principles in a framework to permit the use of violence in
controlled circumstances and against certain targets.
Doesn't allow for motiveless act of violence in the nation interest
Religious believers ­ consider aspects such as protect innocent which is…

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rights of innocent men and women cannot be legitimate; in this case, conscience must act a legitimate authority;
"The call of conscience arises from the imperilling of a man's unity with himself"

How can you judge what a genuine good intention is? Augustine and Aquinas limit the good intention to…

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Christian views
Even Jesus suggests that war has its place on the earthly plane:
"if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight" ­ John 18:36

It can be argued that the aim of Christianity is to promote a world in which peace and justice flourish
everywhere: war…

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Holy War
Modern people often regard the idea of a Holy War as a contradiction. Killing thousands of people and
causing wholesale destruction seems to be as far from holiness as one can get. But religion and war
have gone hand in hand for a long time. Armies go into…

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War in Old Testament and the New Testament

The OT frequently endorses war against Israel's enemies such as Joshua's attack on Jericho as part of
his invasion of Canaan. The NT is at best ambivalent about the use of violence until the First Crusade
those who fought in battle had…

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The Bible and Holy war
The Bible teaches that the real Holy War is not against other people or faiths but rather Jesus said that
the real holy war was a spiritual one between the people of God and the forces of evil.

"Take up the shield of faith... the…

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In some parts of the Middle East and elsewhere, people have begun to regard the rich countries of the
West as greedy, selfish and oppressive. This is not been helped by the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan
and the alleged abuse of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.

This produces fertile ground…




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