TRADITION: Violence vs. Non Violence
Is it evil to use violent means to oppose violent evil? How about to overthrow tyranny or to stop genocide?
We discuss the major biblical arguments surrounding the use of violence and war to fight against evil. Beginning with Augustine and Aquinas’ argument for just wars, and the distinction between just war and justice in war, we contrasted this with Yoder’s peace position and Bonhoeffer’s crises of conscience under Nazi German tyranny.
This is a huge, ongoing debate among pious Christians - and we still come to different conclusions regarding the ethics of war and violence. A subject to be treated with all earnestness and humility.