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Pages Without Peace

November 19th, 2019 No comments

I use the Pages app on MacOS, which very helpfully indicates the words it doesn’t know how to spell. For example, it flagged “peace” as either a typo or some obscure word that no ordinary dictionary would list.

Pages on MacOS spell-checker
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Just War: the ACID test

May 18th, 2011 No comments

A few weeks ago, U.S. special forces carried out a raid into Abottabad, Pakistan, in the course of which, the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was killed. Earlier this spring, the U.S., as part of NATO, began military operations in support of Libyan rebels. These two events, along with our ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, raise the question: can a war be justified, and, if so, under what circumstances?

Thoughtful and decent Christians have argued both sides of this question for centuries. Whole denominations, such as Quakers and Mennonites, have historically said “no,” on the basis of Jesus’ statement of blessing on peacemakers in Matthew 5:9 and other scriptures.

Other Christians have said that war can sometimes be justified, if it meets certain criteria. This doctrine of Just War provides a number of tests which I remember as the “ACID” test: Read more…