Religious Perspectives on War: Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Attitudes Toward Force After the Gulf War

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Religious Perspectives on War: Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Attitudes Toward Force After the Gulf War

By David R. Smock
United States Institute of Peace, 1992
63 pp. $6.95
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One year after the Persian Gulf War, the U.S. Institute for Peace brought together 24 theologians and scholars to discuss the relationship between religious ethics and the use of force. Assembled were individuals who could authoritatively give Christian, Jewish and Islamic perspectives as well as pacifist ones. Not surprisingly, the discussion soon turned to the classical doctrine of the "just war" as a standard by which to judge the ethics of entering into conflict. Many views of high caliber are expressed in this interesting and original short work.