HDS 2760

Christian Perspectives on War and Peace

Mara Willard


Can a Christian rightly kill at the command of the state? How can gospel injunctions for peacemaking be reconciled with a need for the justice and security of the neighbor? This course introduces the diversity of Christian teachings and practices informing norms of war and peace from the bible to the present. Students will become conversant in ethical debates on the relationship between Christianity and nationalism, including the doctrine of the "two kingdoms," the Just War tradition, and civil disobedience. Our historical case studies will explore the interplay of theory and practice surrounding holy war, missionaries and colonial conquest, conscientious objection, and the justice of nuclear deterrence. Note: Course has additional hour to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1470


0.50 credits
Spring 2013
Mon Wed 11am-12pm
Rockefeller Hall Room 117

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • History of Christianity
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None