Is war — or any coercive force — ever justifiable?
This ethically charged question applies not just to matters of war and peace but also to criminal justice. J. Daryl Charles visited Southeastern Seminary in 2019 to address this question (and more) in a lecture for the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture.
In the lecture, he highlights challenges to understanding notions of just war and outlines three possible logical positions to understanding warfare. He offers a balanced critique of the pacifist position and points to a better way.
J. Daryl Charles, Ph.D., is the Acton Institute Affiliated Scholar in Theology & Ethics, a contributing editor to the journal Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy, and an affiliate scholar of the John Jay Institute. He is author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of eighteen books.
Watch his lecture above, or read a handful of key excerpts below.