Between Pacifism and Jihad

Between Pacifism and Jihad Cover

Between Pacifism and Jihad

Just War and Christian Tradition

By J. Daryl Charles

InterVarsity Press, Paperback, 9780830827725, 196pp.

Publication Date: June 25, 2005

Pacifism. Jihad. Militarism. Are these our only alternatives for dealing with global injustice today? J. Daryl Charles leads us to reconsider a Christian view of the use of force to maintain or reestablish justice. He shows how love for a neighbor can warrant the just use of force. Reviewing and updating the widely recognized but not necessarily well-understood just-war teaching of the church through the ages, Charles shows how it captures many of the concerns of the pacifist position while deliberately avoiding, on the other side, the excesses of jihad and militarism. Aware of our contemporary global situation, Charles addresses the unique challenges of dealing with international terrorism.