Pacifism, Just War and the Limits of Ethics

[1] There was a time when being a pacifist was something brave and bold-a stand of nonconformity over and against a church that had grown complacent in its assimilation of Western culture through the doctrine of “just war.” In the past few years, though, a revolution has occurred among the mainline churches, to the extent that pacifism is now the established orthodoxy.

[2] As a result, what is commonly known as the doctrine of just war is either disregarded or merely tacked on to official church statements that are largely pacifist in their orientation and rhetoric. One needs only to survey the official documents of the mainline churches in the past few months to receive confirmation that the revolution is now complete.

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