Just War, Just Peace, Or What?


BY BILL SAMUEL

What should our attitude -- as individuals, social movements and nations -- be toward war? When, if ever, is war justifiable either as to our own participation or as a decision of a nation or social movement? How do we get to a meaningful peace? These questions have been discussed and debated for millennia, and may be even more vital in this day of advanced weaponry. They have been discussed by people from many different religious traditions, and from none. I will present some background and perspectives on the subject, primarily reflecting the ways Christians have grappled with these questions.