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dc.contributor.advisorGlenn, Gary Dean, 1941-en_US
dc.contributor.authorHeuser, Philip M.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-12T16:51:35Z
dc.date.available2017-05-12T16:51:35Z
dc.date.issued1989
dc.identifier.urihttp://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/17536
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.description.abstractChristians are faced with a difficult decision when required to engage in war. By studying the ideas of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, as well as more recent scholars, the logic of the just war tradition is examined. In opposition to this, the arguments of John Yoder, a proponent of Christian pacifism, are also analyzed. The key differences between these viewpoints is the level of responsibility Christians should assume in directing historic events. The pacifist argument is that humility and suffering in faith by Christians wins the ultimate victory for good. The just war advocates state that military service is sometimes an obligation, as a way of better loving others i.e. through ending injustice. By comparing strictly controlled warfare to an extended, international police protective act, it can be seen that it can be a Christian’s duty to fight, out of love, for others.en_US
dc.format.extent19 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherNorthern Illinois Universityen_US
dc.rightsNIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.en_US
dc.subjectpolitical scienceen_US
dc.subjectChristianityen_US
dc.subjectwaren_US
dc.subjectpacifismen_US
dc.titleChristianity and the just war tradition : is it possible to be a good citizen while being a good Christian?en_US
dc.type.genreDissertation/Thesisen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Political Scienceen_US


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