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Peace, Human Rights, and the Moral Choices of the Churches

Mient Jan Faber

in A Matter of Principle

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780520244863
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932166 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520244863.003.0011
Peace, Human Rights, and the Moral Choices of the Churches

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This chapter describes the Christian churches' resistance to the US-led military intervention in Iraq which lead to the revival of the just war theory. The just war tradition begins by defining the moral responsibilities of governments, continues with the definition of morally appropriate political ends, and then takes up the questions of means. It then discusses the Kosovo war which was important because it became a harbinger for a new approach inside many church bodies: to combine and strengthen a pacifist position with the criteria of the just war tradition. It goes on to consider how the different churches in the United States and Canada, and in Europe, debated on the Iraq War.

Keywords: just war tradition; Iraq War; Kosovo war; Christian churches; human rights; moral responsibilities; United States; Canada; Europe

Chapter.  7899 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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