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Religion, War, and Ethics
A Sourcebook of Textual Traditions

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Gregory M. Reichberg, Henrik Syse, Nicole M. Hartwell, Adam Afterman, Gedaliah Afterman, Robert Araujo, S. J., Yuri Stoyanov, Valerie Ona Morkevicius, Nesrine Badawi, John Kelsay, Mohammad Faghfoory, Kaushik Roy, Mahinda Deegalle, Vladimir Tikhonov, Soho Machida, Torkel Brekke
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  • Date Published: June 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521738279

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  • Religion, War, and Ethics is a collection of primary sources from the world's major religions on the ethics of war. Each chapter brings together annotated texts – scriptural, theological, ethical, and legal – from a variety of historical periods that reflect each tradition's response to perennial questions about the nature of war: When, if ever, is recourse to arms morally justifiable? What moral constraints should apply to military conduct? Can a lasting earthly peace be achieved? Are there sacred reasons for waging war, and special rewards for those who do the fighting? The religions covered include Sunni and Shiite Islam; Judaism; Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant Christianity; Theravada Buddhism; East Asian religious traditions (Confucianism, Shinto, Japanese and Korean Buddhism); Hinduism; and Sikhism. Each section is compiled by a specialist, recognized within his or her respective religious tradition, who has also written a commentary on the historical and textual context of the passages selected.

    • Provides access, within one volume, to key texts on the ethics of war from all the world's main religions, in concise English translations
    • Timely and critically relevant, this book considers the relationship between religion and war
    • Designed to help both researchers and students get access to key texts on religion and the ethics of war that in many cases have been hard to find or have not been translated into English
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    "The breadth of textual sources alone is impressive - a majority of each chapter contains primary and secondary source material that lays the foundation for modern understandings. However, it is also the scope and depth of the resources that makes this collection of great import."
    Christian M. Cintron, Religious Studies Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521738279
    • length: 753 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 178 x 45 mm
    • weight: 1.57kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Gregory M. Reichberg and Henrik Syse
    Introduction Henrik Syse and Nicole M. Hartwell
    1. Judaism Adam Afterman and Gedaliah Afterman
    2. Roman Catholic Christianity Gregory M. Reichberg and Robert Araujo, S. J.
    3. Eastern Orthodox Christianity Yuri Stoyanov
    4. Protestant Christianity Valerie Ona Morkevicius
    5. Sunni Islam Nesrine Badawi and John Kelsay
    6. Shia Islam Mohammad Faghfoory
    7. Hinduism Kaushik Roy
    8. Theravada Buddhism Mahinda Deegalle
    9. Chinese and Korean religious traditions Vladimir Tikhonov
    10. Japanese religious traditions Soho Machida
    11. Sikhism Torkel Brekke.

  • Editors

    Gregory M. Reichberg, Peace Research Institute Oslo
    Gregory M. Reichberg is Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). He is leader of the Oslo-based Research School in Peace and Conflict, adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo, associate editor of the Journal of Military Ethics, and board member of the US-based Peace Research Endowment. He is co-editor of World Religions and Norms of War (2009); Ethics, Nationalism, and Just War: Medieval and Contemporary Perspectives (2007); and The Ethics of War: Classic and Contemporary Readings (2006).

    Henrik Syse, Peace Research Institute Oslo
    Henrik Syse is Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). He is also co-editor in chief of the Journal of Military Ethics and adjunct Associate Professor at the Norwegian Defense University College. He is the author of Natural Law, Religion, and Rights (2007) as well as several books in Norwegian on topics such as war, the virtue of moderation, and the relationship between faith and philosophy. He is the co-editor, with Gregory M. Reichberg and Endre Begby, of The Ethics of War: Classic and Contemporary Readings (2006) and, with Reichberg, of Ethics, Nationalism, and Just War (2007).

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    Nicole M. Hartwell


    Gregory M. Reichberg, Henrik Syse, Nicole M. Hartwell, Adam Afterman, Gedaliah Afterman, Robert Araujo, S. J., Yuri Stoyanov, Valerie Ona Morkevicius, Nesrine Badawi, John Kelsay, Mohammad Faghfoory, Kaushik Roy, Mahinda Deegalle, Vladimir Tikhonov, Soho Machida, Torkel Brekke

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