Can a war really be considered "just"? If so, which wars, and under what circumstances? If not, why not? When War is Unjust provides a systematic exploration of these questions for students of ethics, Christian doctrine, and history.
For centuries the just war tradition has been the dominant framework for Christian thinking about organized conflict. This tradition sets a number of specific conditions which must be satisfied before a particular war can termed "just" and therefore supportable by the faithful Christians. John Howard Yoder, himself a pacifist, approaches the just war theory on its own terms. His purpose: to introduce the student to this just-war tradition, and to offer a critical framework for evaluating its tenets and applying them to real conflicts.
When War is Unjust takes the just war tradition seriously, and holds its proponents accountable in a critical debate about when - if ever - war can be justified. It is a readable and thought-provoking primer on the history, criteria, and application of just war teaching in Christian churches.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"Concisely, carefully, and convincingly challenges just-war thinking to be honest, consistent, and self-critical. Every proponent of just-war theory needs to ponder seriously this important book." - Charles E. Curran, Southern Methodist University
John Howard Yoder
John Howard Yoder earned his Ph.D. from the University of Basel, and taught theology at the University of Notre Dame. For 19 years he served the Mennonite fellowship in church relations and education. Dr. Yoder was Professor of Theology and President of Mennonite Bible Seminary. His published books include The Politics of Jesus, The Priestly Kingdom, To Hear the Word, When War Is Unjust, What Would You Do?, and He Came Preaching Peace.