ernie wrote:Finny Kuruvilla with Followers of the Way has planned a debate/discussion forum on the topic of nonresistance vs. just war.
Where: Faneuil Hall, Boston.
When: Friday evening, March 28, 7:00-9:00 P.M.
Presenters: Dean Taylor, David Bercot, and Peter Kreeft.
There are 800 seats and the public is welcome.
ofLI wrote:Looks interesting. Anyone going?
GaryK wrote:Do you know if the event will be live-streamed?
Upcoming event -- Debate on "Should Christians Fight?": Friday, March 28, 2014 (7-9 pm)
On Friday, March 28, we are sponsoring a debate on the question, "Should Christians Fight?" in historic Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston. There is no charge for admission. However you are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early in case seating reaches capacity; there will be no overflow room.
Speaking in favor of Christians engaging in just war will be:
Peter Kreeft (Ph.D. Fordham University) is professor of philosophy at Boston College. He is the author of over 67 books on philosophy, theology and Christian apologetics. A gifted thinker and speaker, he speaks at universities and churches all over the world. He draws inspiration from influential figures such as Socrates, Thomas Aquinas, and C. S. Lewis. His books include a Handbook of Christian Apologetics (InterVarsity Press, 1994), Making Sense Out of Suffering (Ignatius, 1993), and Socrates Meets Jesus (InterVarsity Press, 2010).
J. Daryl Charles (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) has written over twelve books on ethics, Christian engagement in the public square, and just war. He is widely regarded as a leading authority on the Christian just war tradition. His books include Between Pacifism and Jihad (InterVarsity Press Academic, 2009), War, Peace, and Christianity (Crossway, 2010), and The Just War Tradition (Intercollegiate Studies, 2012).
Speaking against Christians in war will be:
David Bercot is an attorney (J.D., Baylor University), author, and speaker. He has numerous books on the subject of the early church, where he emphasizes the simplicity of biblical doctrine and early (pre-325 AD) Christian teaching over what he would call the complex and compromised body of theological understandings built up over the centuries that have come to be thought of as orthodoxy. His most well known books are Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up? (Scroll Publishing, 1989), and A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs (Hendrickson, 1998).
Dean Taylor and his wife Tania were both in the U. S. Army when they realized that, as committed Christians, they had to come to grip with Jesus' teachings in the Sermon on the Mount on loving one's enemies. They ultimately left the Army in a new and sincere quest for truth, determined to follow Jesus Christ under the banner "no compromise." Mr. Taylor is a widely sought speaker who regularly addresses the question, "What if Jesus really meant every word He said?" His best known book is A Change of Allegiance (Radical Reformation, 2008).
Faneuil Hall is a very short walk from the State Street or Government Center subway stops (blue line and green line, respectively).
That does look worthwhile.ofLI wrote:Looks interesting. Anyone going?
Barnhart perhaps me an you could head up there.
JLapp wrote:Scholars like Kreeft and Charles are not what I would consider sterotypical flag-waving God and Country folks. They are well-reasoned defenders of traditional Just War theory and I suspect that they are just as likely to argue that Just War theory is a more responsible position than Anabaptist nonresistance/pacifism precisely because it seeks clear moral limits on war instead saying either that all war is wrong or ceding war entirely to the state.
ernie wrote:I don't think that Taylor and Bercot will debate whether or not there is such a thing as a just war. I think they will be addressing Kuruvilla's question.
ernie wrote:Charles is trying to find a middle ground between pacifism and jihad according to his one book title.
I think there is a middle ground between the two but I don't think Christians are called to that middle ground.
JLapp wrote:I do think it does us well to realize that Just War theory is not a pro-war, God-and-country, nationalistic position. It's primary role is not finding wars to justify, but recognizing boundaries and limits to human conflicts.
ernie wrote:JLapp wrote:I do think it does us well to realize that Just War theory is not a pro-war, God-and-country, nationalistic position. It's primary role is not finding wars to justify, but recognizing boundaries and limits to human conflicts.
Am I correct that Augustine saw Just War as a lamentable reality, not something to cheer about and hold rallies over?
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