Volume 28, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2008
John D. Carlson
Is There a Christian Realist Theory of War and Peace?
Reinhold Niebuhr and Just War Thought
Just war's engagement with pacifism has shaped the discourse of war within and beyond Christian ethics. Less attention has been given to Christian realism's relationship to just war thought or to the possibilities such a dialogue might disclose. This essay examines certain features of the Christian realist Reinhold Niebuhr's moral, theological, and political thought to consider the promise of a Christian realist theory of justifiable war.