What Resources Do You Recommend about Just War Theory?

By Chelsea Dudley January 12, 2021

Question from a reader:

Do you have any recommendations for resources to wrestle with Just War Theory?

Answer from Chelsea Dudley, EPM staff:

Here are several articles from trustworthy sources, and also a couple of books recommended by Desiring God. (Randy also shares some thoughts in his answer How Can Prolife People Be for War That Kills Some Innocent People for the Good of Others?)

What Does the Gospel Teach Us About War?

War and the Christian

ISIS, Just Warfare, and the 30 Percent Rule

What is the just war theory?

The Just War

A brief introduction to the just war tradition: Jus ad bellum

Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer Wrong to Plot Against Hitler's Life?

Did Jesus Teach Pacifism?

Here are two books on just war theory recommended by Justin Taylor in this article

Christians often rightly wonder what their perspective on war should be. How does Christ’s blessing of the peacemakers (Matt. 5:9) fit with Paul’s statement that the government “does not bear the sword in vain” (Rom. 13:4)? A very helpful, accessible treatment of just-war theory is Darrell Cole’s When God Says War Is Right: The Christian’s Perspective on When and How to FightChuck Colson, who has read and taught on just war for years, says that nothing he has studied taught him as much as Cole’s short volume. A more advanced treatment, focusing upon the recent challenge of terrorism and America’s role in the global war on terror, is Jean Bethke Elshtain’s Just War Against Terror: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World.

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Chelsea Dudley works at Eternal Perspective Ministries as Randy Alcorn's Executive Assistant.