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God and War: Some Exploratory Questions

30 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2011 Last revised: 10 Sep 2011

Christopher J. Eberle

United States Naval Academy

Date Written: April 22, 2011

Abstract

Contemporary formulations of the Just War Tradition are resolutely secular: they claim that religious considerations cannot decisively satisfy any of the conditions that specify what makes for a just war – just cause, legitimate authority, right intention, proportionality, and so on. Advocates articulate a number of arguments in favor of that claim – religiously justified wars are indiscriminate or unacceptably brutal, for example. But I argue that none of the arguments adduced in favor of a secular construal of the just war tradition are compelling.

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Eberle, Christopher J., God and War: Some Exploratory Questions (April 22, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1819722 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1819722

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