Ethics 2 : Peace and Justice

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Christian attitudes to war:

  • Christ's teaching - people should love one another and try to live in peace
  • Most think sometimes war is necessary to overcome evil (in old testament)
  • War is still wrong, but can be the lesser of two evils
  • Sometimes necessary to fight in defence of the weak
  • The bible gives differing viewpoints, giving christians the choice of deciding which is most relevant to their situation.

Holy War:

  • Christianity is a missionary religion - so they have always actively sought converts
  • Christianity has been involved in 'Holy Wars'
  • Example - the Crusades (Christian Europe fought to keep…


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