War, Peace, and Violence

Four Christian Views

In a world of war, terrorism, and other geopolitical threats to global stability, how should committed Christians honor Jesus Christ and his Word?

How should Christians think and act when it comes to church-state relations, the preservation of order, the practice of just peacemaking, and the use of coercive force?

In this volume in IVP Academic's Spectrum series, four contributors—experts in Christian ethics, political philosophy, and international affairs—offer the best of current Christian thinking on issues of war and peace. They present four distinct views:

  • Eric Patterson, just war view
  • Myles Werntz, nonviolence view
  • A. J. Nolte, Christian realist view
  • Meic Pearse, church historical view

Each contributor makes a case for his own view and responds to the others, highlighting complexities and real-world implications of the various perspectives. Edited and with an introduction and conclusion by the philosopher Paul Copan, this book provides a helpful orientation to the key positions today.

War, Peace, and Violence: Four Christian Views

“Key to understanding one's own views on a subject is the requirement that one charitably considers legitimate alternatives. These four authors reliably map the terrain on war, peace, and violence in a way that will help readers sort out their own views on these perennial topics.”

— C. Ben Mitchell, Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy at Union University

See our Worldview Bulletin excerpt from War, Peace, and Violence here.

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