Books on Nonviolence, Just War, and Faith

The following list of books discussing nonviolence and Just War Theory was compiled by Roger Scott Powers

"Just Peacemaking: The New Paradigm for the Ethics of Peace and War,"
edited by Glen H. Stassen
offers ten practices for promoting peace and justice in the international arena.

"The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium,"
by Walter Wink
a brief summary of his 3-volume trilogy on "the powers."

"What about Hitler? Wrestling with Jesus's Call to Nonviolence in an Evil World,"
by Robert W. Bromlow,
includes Biblical reflections and philosophical/theological wrestlings with the question everyone asks.

"War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity,"
by Stanley Hauerwas,
is excellent, though the writing is a little more dense.

"American Nonviolence: The History of An Idea,"
by Ira Chernus,
looks at how thinking on nonviolence has evolved through the years in the U.S.

"Peace is the Way: Writings on Nonviolence from the Fellowship of Reconciliation,"
edited by Walter Wink,
is a collection of articles from Fellowship magazine.

"Is There No Other Way? The Search for a Nonviolent Futurue,"
by Michael N. Nagler,
is good but not particularly from a Christian perspective.

"Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict,"
by Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan,
is a study of violent versus nonviolent conflicts over the past century. It finds that nonviolent resistance is more effective than armed resistance in overthrowing regimes.

"Resurrection Living: Journeying with the Nonviolent Christ,"
by Sarah Henken and Roger Scott Powers
is a journal that can be used by individuals or groups.

Books that particularly discuss Just War Theory

For a basic introduction, there is War & the Christian Conscience: Where Do You Stand?, by Joseph J. Fahey

A more in depth book is Love Your Enemies: Discipleship, Pacifism, and Just War Theory, by Lisa Sowle Cahill

Christian Attitudes to War, Peace, and Revolution, by John Howard Yoder, is drawn from his lectures for a course by the same title.

Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations, by Michael Walzer, is an exhaustive treatment but does not come at the subject from a faith perspective.

Then there are two collections of essays:

War in the Twentieth Century: Sources in Theological Ethics, edited by Richard B. Miller

War and Christian Ethics: Classic and Contemporary Readings on the Morality of War, edited by Arthur F. Holmes

 

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