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Christian Teachings About War

  • Up until the 4th century, Christians were against voilence
  • They did not fight back if persecuted
  • They would not join armies
  • When the religion became well established and more powerful they faced decision about whether they should go to war or not

Holy War

  • In the Old Testament God sometimes told people to go to war
  • Eg. "Go and attack the Amalekites and completely destroy everything they have."
  • Some Christians believe that there are times when it was right to go to war 'on God's behalf' - This is known as Holy War
  • Eg the Crusades, Christian countries went to war with Muslim ones in order to take control of Jerusalem.
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