Religion, War, and Ethics: A Sourcebook of Textual Traditions

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Gregory M. Reichberg, Henrik Syse
Cambridge University Press, May 26, 2014 - Religion
Religion, War, and Ethics is a collection of primary sources from the world's major religions on the ethics of war. Each chapter brings together annotated texts - scriptural, theological, ethical, and legal - from a variety of historical periods that reflect each tradition's response to perennial questions about the nature of war: when, if ever, is recourse to arms morally justifiable? What moral constraints should apply to military conduct? Can a lasting earthly peace be achieved? Are there sacred reasons for waging war, and special rewards for those who do the fighting? The religions covered include Sunni and Shiite Islam; Judaism; Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant Christianity; Theravada Buddhism; East Asian religious traditions (Confucianism, Shinto, Japanese and Korean Buddhism); Hinduism; and Sikhism. Each section is compiled by a specialist, recognized within his or her respective religious tradition, who has also written a commentary on the historical and textual context of the passages selected.

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Catholic Christianity
Eastern Orthodox Christianity
Protestant Christianity
Sunni Islam
Shiite Islam
The Buddhist Traditions of South and Southeast Asia
The Religious Traditions of Japan
Sikh Tradition

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About the author (2014)

Gregory M. Reichberg is Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). He is leader of the Oslo-based Research School in Peace and Conflict, adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo, associate editor of the Journal of Military Ethics, and board member of the US-based Peace Research Endowment. He is co-editor of World Religions and Norms of War (2009); Ethics, Nationalism, and Just War: Medieval and Contemporary Perspectives (2007); and The Ethics of War: Classic and Contemporary Readings (2006).

Henrik Syse is Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). He is also co-editor in chief of the Journal of Military Ethics and adjunct Associate Professor at the Norwegian Defense University College. He is the author of Natural Law, Religion, and Rights (2007) as well as several books in Norwegian on topics such as war, the virtue of moderation, and the relationship between faith and philosophy. He is the co-editor, with Gregory M. Reichberg and Endre Begby, of The Ethics of War: Classic and Contemporary Readings (2006) and, with Reichberg, of Ethics, Nationalism, and Just War (2007).

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