- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019967261X
- ISBN-13: 978-0199672615
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.9 x 6.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,675,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a major contribution to the literature on the morality of war, written in two voices, one argumentative, the other reflective and open to other perspectives a rich reflection on a wealth of literature, historical and contemporary, addressing the justifications for making war."--George Wilkes, Scottish Journal of Theology
"In Defence of War is an excellent book ... Combining deep understanding of the just-war tradition with impressive knowledge of military history, this book makes a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate. I highly recommend it"
-- James Anderson, Expository Times
"This is a significant book. It provides a defense and clarification of just war theory within the Christian tradition through a series of extended engagements with Christian and secular critics of that theory. Biggar makes a clear and important case, and does so with impressive learning and literary style"
--Kenneth R. Himes, Theological Studies
"In Defence of War is a searching, challenging book. It deserves much discussion"
--John Kelsay, Studies in Christian Ethics
"Biggar's careful moral reasoning offers a model that, if followed, would deepen and mature the Christian discussion of the ethics of war and peace. And, if I may say, his book ought especially to be read by those who, at first blush, will be shocked or even appalled by its title... Many churchmen affirm what they understand to be the moral criteria of the just war tradition, but as a practical matter they cannot imagine a just use of armed force - which tends to subtract religious thinkers and their insights from the debates where policy is actually devised. If Nigel Biggar's book gets churchmen thinking seriously about war and peace again, that might change." --First Things: Religion and Public Life"
"This is a significant book. It provides a defense and clarification of just war theory within the Christian tradition through a series of extended engagements with Christian and secular critics of that theory. Biggar makes a clear and important case, and does so with impressive learning and literary style... This is as intellectually satisfying a book on the morality of warfare as is available today." --Theological Studies
"There is a serious disconnect between scholars exploring just war theory and those engaging the Christian just war tradition. The language of religion is foreign to many in the secular camp thereby leaving us bereft of a rich and sometimes compelling perspective. Provocatively titled, In Defence of War brings this tradition to the fore. It is well worth the read." -- Mind
About the Author
Nigel Biggar is Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, and Director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life, at the University of Oxford, where he is also a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral. Before taking up his current post in 2007, he held chairs in Theology at the University of Leeds and at Trinity College Dublin. Among his published works are: Behaving in Public: How to Do Christian Ethics (2011), (co-ed.) Religious Voices in Public Places (2009), Aiming to Kill: The Ethics of Suicide and Euthanasia (2004); and (ed.) Burying the Past: Making Peace and Doing Justice after Civil Conflict (2001, 2003). He sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Military Ethics and has lectured at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.
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among others). Shows how absence of warfare-Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia - is not always preferable to armed conflict which could have prevented atrocities on the scale experienced.