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Just War as Christian Disciple

Just War as Christian Disciple
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Just War as Christian Disciple

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This provocative and timely primer on the just war tradition connects just war to the concrete practices and challenges of the Christian life. Daniel Bell explains that the point is not simply to know the just war tradition but to live it even in the face of the tremendous difficulties associated with war. He shows how just war practice, if it is to be understood as a faithful form of Christian discipleship, must be rooted in and shaped by the fundamental convictions and confessions of the faith. The book includes a foreword by an Army chaplain who has served in Iraq and study questions for group use.

- Publisher "Bell has written a book that I wish I''d had during my deployments. Just War as Christian Discipleship addresses the just war tradition in a way that not only adds to our knowledge of the historical roots of the tradition but also contributes to the Christian soldier''s desire to embody the principles as lifestyle. . . . If the Christian community will take seriously Bell''s call for a discipleship that embraces the just war tradition, we can all feel more confident that our nation will strive to maintain the moral high ground in its military endeavors and beyond."--Chaplain Lt. Col. Scott A. Sterling (from the foreword)"By reframing just war as a discipline of Christian discipleship, Bell has breathed new life into the discussion surrounding this important topic. He has done so, moreover, in a manner that makes this book accessible to those well versed in the debates as well as those who are confronting these issues for the first time. We are in his debt."--Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke Divinity School"Bell''s Just War as Christian Discipleship demands a lot of us. It requires us to submit to a rigorous examination of ourselves, our church, and our nation in exploring how we might act justly before, during, and after war. It offers no excuses for those of us whof either avoid any responsibility to ever use force or attempt to rationalize virtually every use of force. Bell advocates for just war as an extraordinarily difficult set of practices grounded in particular Christian theological and ecclesiological presuppositions. In this sense, the book is a prophetic critique of some secular versions of the just war tradition. Even more so, it is a prophetic critique of churches and church leaders for our failure to form communities capable of dealing with the real challenges of just war. Bell also calls for much more consultation between Christian churches and military personnel than is typical so that the churches can be more responsible in their pronouncements and military personnel can hear the churches'' claims based upon a Christian understanding of the moral tradition of just war. I commend this book for study by bishops, clergy, and laity as an introduction to a dimension of Christian discipleship that is usually neglected because of our preoccupation with the institutional life of the church."--Tim W. Whitaker, Florida Area Resident Bishop, The United Methodist Church"This groundbreaking book synthesizes the writing style and substance of just war ethicists Paul Ramsey and Oliver O''Donovan with that of pacifist ethicists John Howard Yoder and Stanley Hauerwas, resulting in a constructive account of just war that is embedded and embodied in the life and practices of the Christian church. Although the just war tradition has been around a long time, there is, surprisingly, no other book like this one. It should be required reading for anyone interested in ethics and just war, especially for Christians in the pulpits and in the pews, in the classrooms and in the barracks. Bell''s Just War as Christian Discipleship will become a standard resource for helping Christians who espouse the just war tradition to adhere to it in a way that, as John Howard Yoder would put it, is honest and has teeth."--Tobias Winright, assistant professor of Christian ethics and director of Ethics Across the Curriculum, Saint Louis University"There are many books on the just war tradition. Most of them treat it as a means of helping Christians judge the justice of the wars waged by their states, or worse, as a crutch for those who make decisions about going to war. Bell''s book is different and better. He depicts the just war tradition as a demanding discipline of the church, and in doing so he shows that this tradition can be a mode of enemy-love--a more demanding mode than pacifism in some ways. I know of no other book like this; it is essential reading for Christians in our bloody and violence-ridden times."--Paul

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This provocative and timely primer on the just war tradition connects just war to the concrete practices and challenges of the Christian life. Daniel Bell explains that the point is not simply to know the just war tradition but to live it even in the face of the tremendous difficulties associated with war. He shows how just war practice, if it is to be understood as a faithful form of Christian discipleship, must be rooted in and shaped by the fundamental convictions and confessions of the faith. The book includes a foreword by an Army chaplain who has served in Iraq and study questions for group use.
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"Bell has written a book that I wish I''d had during my deployments. Just War as Christian Discipleship addresses the just war tradition in a way that not only adds to our knowledge of the historical roots of the tradition but also contributes to the Christian soldier''s desire to embody the principles as lifestyle. . . . If the Christian community will take seriously Bell''s call for a discipleship that embraces the just war tradition, we can all feel more confident that our nation will strive to maintain the moral high ground in its military endeavors and beyond."--Chaplain Lt. Col. Scott A. Sterling (from the foreword)"By reframing just war as a discipline of Christian discipleship, Bell has breathed new life into the discussion surrounding this important topic. He has done so, moreover, in a manner that makes this book accessible to those well versed in the debates as well as those who are confronting these issues for the first time. We are in his debt."--Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke Divinity School"Bell''s Just War as Christian Discipleship demands a lot of us. It requires us to submit to a rigorous examination of ourselves, our church, and our nation in exploring how we might act justly before, during, and after war. It offers no excuses for those of us whof either avoid any responsibility to ever use force or attempt to rationalize virtually every use of force. Bell advocates for just war as an extraordinarily difficult set of practices grounded in particular Christian theological and ecclesiological presuppositions. In this sense, the book is a prophetic critique of some secular versions of the just war tradition. Even more so, it is a prophetic critique of churches and church leaders for our failure to form communities capable of dealing with the real challenges of just war. Bell also calls for much more consultation between Christian churches and military personnel than is typical so that the churches can be more responsible in their pronouncements and military personnel can hear the churches'' claims based upon a Christian understanding of the moral tradition of just war. I commend this book for study by bishops, clergy, and laity as an introduction to a dimension of Christian discipleship that is usually neglected because of our preoccupation with the institutional life of the church."--Tim W. Whitaker, Florida Area Resident Bishop, The United Methodist Church"This groundbreaking book synthesizes the writing style and substance of just war ethicists Paul Ramsey and Oliver O''Donovan with that of pacifist ethicists John Howard Yoder and Stanley Hauerwas, resulting in a constructive account of just war that is embedded and embodied in the life and practices of the Christian church. Although the just war tradition has been around a long time, there is, surprisingly, no other book like this one. It should be required reading for anyone interested in ethics and just war, especially for Christians in the pulpits and in the pews, in the classrooms and in the barracks. Bell''s Just War as Christian Discipleship will become a standard resource for helping Christians who espouse the just war tradition to adhere to it in a way that, as John Howard Yoder would put it, is honest and has teeth."--Tobias Winright, assistant professor of Christian ethics and director of Ethics Across the Curriculum, Saint Louis University"There are many books on the just war tradition. Most of them treat it as a means of helping Christians judge the justice of the wars waged by their states, or worse, as a crutch for those who make decisions about going to war. Bell''s book is different and better. He depicts the just war tradition as a demanding discipline of the church, and in doing so he shows that this tradition can be a mode of enemy-love--a more demanding mode than pacifism in some ways. I know of no other book like this; it is essential reading for Christians in our bloody and violence-ridden times."--Paul
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Meet the Author

Daniel Bell

Daniel M. Bell Jr. (Ph.D., Duke University) is associate professor of theological ethics and director of Methodist studies at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. He is also an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and the author of Just War as Christian Discipleship: Recentering the Tradition in the Church rather than the State.

Table Of Contents

  • Foreword: Chaplain Lt. Col. Scott A. Sterling
    introduction: Living Faithfully In A Time Of War
    1. Love And Evil In The Christian Life: The Emergence Of Just War
    2. Can War Be Just? A Brief History Of Just War
    3. Two Just War Traditions: Presuppositions And Presumptions
    4: Who's In Charge? Legitimate Authority
    5. Why Fight? Just Cause
    6. Why Fight? Right Intent
    7. When Fight? Last Resort And Reasonable Chance Of Success
    8. How Fight? Discrimination And Proportionality
    conclusion: Spirituality And Just War
    appendix: Two Just War Traditions

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  • Catalogue Code 290864
  • Product Code 9781587432255
  • ISBN 1587432250
  • EAN 9781587432255
  • Pages 268
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category War/peace
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Oct 2009
  • Sales Rank #77475
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 20 mm
  • Weight 0.430kg

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