Just War and Christian Traditions Book Discussion

Event start date

January 30, 2023

The Institute on Religion and Democracy and its publication, Providence Magazine, will be hosting a discussion of the recently released Just War and Christian Traditions, featuring the anthology’s editors, Eric Patterson and J. Daryl Charles, as well as contributors Joseph Capizzi and Keith Pavlischek, on January 30 at The Institute on Religion and Democracy office (located at 1023 15th St NW, Suite #200, Washington, DC 20005).

Just War and Christian Traditions examines the historical development of Christian just war thinking, differences between just war thinking and the alternatives of pacifism and holy war, distinctions among Christian thinkers on issues such as the role of the state and “lesser evil” politics, and shared Christian theological commitments with public policy ramifications (for example, the priority of peace). The chapters outline the distinctives of different denominational traditions: from Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, Methodist, Baptist, and Anabaptist perspectives.

Attendees will be treated to a lesson in the Judeo-Christian roots and development of classical just war thinking and will gain insights into the ways in which differing Christian denominations (Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, Methodist, Baptist, Anabaptist) have utilized (or rejected) the just war framework.

Speakers will include Eric Patterson, the Executive Vice President of the Religious Freedom Institute and Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs; J. Daryl Charles, a contributing editor for Touchstone, and the author, coauthor, and/or editor of over twenty books; Joseph Capizzi, the Ordinary Professor of Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America; and Keith Pavlischek, a retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps and military affairs expert.

A reception will begin at 6:00 PM, with the lecture starting at 6:30 PM. Ticket price for the event is $10, and tickets may be purchased here.