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Obama’s ISIL Strategy: Just More Endless War

Why President Obama’s planned military strikes on ISIS do not fit the criteria for a Just War.

The remarkable power of the charisma pope

Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro to celebrate World Youth Day. (Mario Tama/GETTY IMAGES ) While much of the public … Continued

Is ‘Just War’ doctrine another victim of the Syrian conflict?

RNS — Even as the world’s powers grasped for a last-minute resolution to the crisis in Syria, it remained an … Continued

Francis, the peace pope

Francis’ anti-war rhetoric is quickly earning him a unique place in papal history.

Debris is seen on the floor of Im Al-Zinar church that was damaged during clashes between Syrian Rebels and the Syrian Regime in Bustan al Diwan, Homs
On war, Pope Francis says, ‘never again’

Pope Francis’ tweet foreshadows what we can expect in regards to just war – or just peace – during his Papacy.

The ethics of a Syrian military intervention: The experts respond

WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration readies for a probable military strike against Syria, Religion News Service asked a panel of … Continued

Should Christians support intervention in Syria? No.

Aug. 21, 2013Activists inspect the bodies of people they say were killed in a toxic gas attack. Activists allege that … Continued

Drone policy can be moral policy

Reuters photo In a recent contribution for On Faith, former Chicago Theological Seminary President Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite denounced U.S. drone … Continued

Christian ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain dies at 72

RNS () — Christian ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain, a scholar who shaped national conversations on war and peace from her … Continued

Drones in Yemen: Fear as foreign policy

Reuters photo The Obama administration has authorized stepped up drone attacks in Yemen that have pounded “suspected militants” in that … Continued

Was the American Revolution a Just War?

John Trumbull’s ‘Death of General Warren at Bunker Hill’. Was the American Revolution a just war? As we celebrate our … Continued

Drones aren’t the murky moral subject we pretend they are

Reuters photo When a new technology develops, society must sometimes rush to catch up to its ethical ramifications. Take drones, … Continued

To life, not martyrdom

Recently, I read two articles about dying for a cause. The first, on these pages, by Sally Quinn, addressed the … Continued

The Iraq war: How our nation lost its soul

The Iraq war was not a Just War. It has been a moral, fiscal and geopolitical disaster for the United … Continued

U.S. drone strike policy: Just War or just targeted killing?

HO AFP/GETTY IMAGES This US Army handout file image taken February 27, 2011 shows an MQ-1C Gray Eagle armed with … Continued

White House: Drone program ‘legal,’ ‘ethical’ and ‘wise.’ Is it?

Kirsty Wigglesworth AP In this Jan. 31, 2010 file photo, an unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, … Continued

Neither Obama nor Romney? Some Christians vote for’None of the Above’

Is it a sin not to vote? Or perhaps a virtue? The question may seem surprising, especially in a nail-biter … Continued

Mitt Romney’s unconscionable flip-flop on war and foreign policy

GETTY IMAGES President Obama debates with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as moderator Bob Schieffer listens on Oct. 22, 2012. … Continued

Rosh Hashanah: The start of a new year for humankind as a whole

REUTERS Jewish worshippers pray at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City Sept. 16, 2012, ahead … Continued

A woman’s life is a human life: a theological error in the GOP platform?

AFP/GETTY IMAGES Delegates show their support for Mitt Romney during roll call for nomination of president of the United States … Continued