The events of September 11 and the war on terrorism have changed the ways in which we think about war. Is the Christian philosophy of "just war" still relevant to our times? How can it be applied to the combined threats of terrorism, rogue regimes, and weapons of mass destruction? If the theory is outdated, where will the church find guidance on issues of war and peace?
Dr. Charles Reed explores the two Iraq Wars (1990, 2003) in light of just war theory, and answers some of those questions. He concludes that by altering the theory to fit their own perspectives, church leaders consistently missed the opportunity to engage in significant public debate. At the same time, Reed highlights those leaders who balanced their teachings with the changing international landscape.