From the November, 2003 issue of Touchstone
Between Pacifism & Jihad by J. Daryl Charles

Between Pacifism & Jihad

The Just-War Tradition Today

by J. Daryl Charles

The character of much current religious dissent to the use of military force has been dispiriting. A good number of the dissenting responses lack serious thinking about the role of the authorities in preserving the moral and social order and protecting the citizenry, and many fail to engage in serious moral reflection about our duty to our neighbor.

Many religious leaders seem to hold an overwhelming presumption against the use of military force and to assume that any use of force is immoral in and of itself. They seem to define peace simply as the absence of war. It is thought that the use of force among the nations can be abolished within human history, a presupposition that reflects a secular and optimistic view of human nature and human his . . .

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