Axis of Peace: Christian Faith in Times of Violence and War

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WCC Publications, 2004 - Political Science - 137 pages
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The war in Iraq is over, and we are now facing its aftermath. The searching and divisive questions raised for the churches by the invasion of Iraq linger on. Are there "just wars"? What does the Bible teach about war and violence? What constitutes patriotism when one's nation is at war? Is there theological justification for wars of self-defense or liberation? The author explores these questions to facilitate ongoing conversation in faith communities. Surveying instances of violence in many regions of the globe, often involving confrontation between religious communities, Ariarajah examines what violence does to those who perpetrate it on others. Moving beyond simplistic notions of good and evil in world affairs, he calls on peoples of faith to counter terror in all its forms through the creation of an "axis of peace".

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S. Wesley Ariarajah is professor of ecumenical theology at the graduate theological schools of Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, USA.

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