Seminar examines 'Just War' concept
September 10, 2007

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     The question of "Just War" will be the topic for five Christian scholars Sept. 14 and 15, as the Bryan Center for Critical Thought and Practice presents a seminar titled “Christian Reflections on War and Peace: Can War Ever be Morally Justified?”
     Bryan Center Director Dr. Charles Van Eaton said, “Many Christians are firmly convinced that believers are not allowed to participate in the use of lethal force. Others see force as appropriate when evil has to be subdued. Discussion of this critical issue forms the basis for this seminar.”
     Dr. J. Daryl Charles, associate professor of religion at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., will open the program at 11 a.m. with a presentation “Between Pacifism and Jihad: Just War and Christian Tradition.”
     At 7 p.m. Friday, Dr. Earl Zimmerman, director of the Conflict Resolution Center at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., will speak on “Beyond War: Jesus’ Nonviolent Revolution.” His talk will be followed by a panel discussion on the overall topic of the program.
     Saturday at 9 a.m., Dr. James Turner Johnson, professor of religion at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., will speak on “Responsible Statecraft and the Just Use of Force.”
     Dr. Martin Cook, deputy department head and professor of religion at the U.S. Air Force Academy, will address the topic “The Road to Basra: A Case Study in Military Ethics,” at 10:30 a.m.
     At 1 p.m., Dr. Jean Bethke Elshtain, professor of social ethics at the University of Chicago, will speak on “Just War against Terror: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World.”
     A panel discussion addressing questions from the audience will conclude the seminar at 2:30 p.m.
     See biographies of the speakers here.
The seminar will be presented in Rudd Auditorium, and all sessions are open to the public without charge.