The returning warrior and the limits of just war theory
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Rutgers journal of law and religion, Vol. 15, part 2, Spring 2014, p. 219-296
R. J. Delahunty
In this essay, the author seeks to explore a Christian tradition that is neither the just war theory nor pacifism. Unlike pacifism, this tradition teaches that war is a necessary and inescapable aspect of the human condition, and that Christians cannot escape from engaging in it. Unlike just war theory, this tradition holds that engaging in war is intrinsically sinful, however justifiable that activity may be considered to be in the light of human law, morality or reason.