De rechtvaardige oorlog Zoeken naar de zin van een eeuwenoud concept | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 57, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268



Few concepts in the history of Christian theology have had such a lasting impact on contemporary political thinking as the doctrine of the just (or justifiable) war. In this contribution, I try to identify the meaning of the just war tradition as opposed to its two foremost competitors: a political pacifism and a crusader approach. After describing each of these theories, I draw upon the British-Indian philosopher Chandran Kukathas to explain the nature of pluralism. In the last section, I use the pacifism of John Howard Yoder in an attempt to retrace the proper meaning and explanation of just war thinking as being a strategic elaboration of the pacifism of Jesus and the early church in the context of a complex and fallen world.


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