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Many regions of the world whose histories include war and violent conflict have or once had strong ties to Orthodox Christianity. Yet policy makers, religious leaders, and scholars often neglect Orthodoxy’s resources when they reflect on the challenges of war.

Through essays written by prominent Orthodox scholars in the fields of biblical studies, church history, Byzantine studies, theology, patristics, political science, ethics, and biology, Orthodox Christian Perspectives on War presents and examines the Orthodox tradition’s nuanced and unique insights on the meaning and challenges of war with an eye toward their contemporary relevance. This volume is structured in three parts: “Confronting the Present Day Reality,” “Reengaging Orthodoxy’s Tradition,” and “Constructive Directions in Orthodox Theology and Ethics.” Each exemplifies the value of interdisciplinary reflection on “war” and the potential for the Eastern Orthodox tradition to enhance ecumenical and interfaith discussions surrounding war in both domestic and international contexts.

The contributors do not advance a single account of “the meaning of war” or a comprehensive and normative stance purporting to be “the Orthodox Christian teaching on war.” Instead, this collection presents the breadth and depth of Orthodox Christian thought in a way that engages Orthodox and non-Orthodox readers alike. In addition to offering fresh resources for all people of good will to understand, prevent, and respond faithfully to war, this book will appeal to Christian theologians who specialize in ethics, to libraries of academic institutions, and to scholars of war/peace studies, international relations, and Orthodox thought.

Contributors: Peter C. Bouteneff, George Demacopoulos, John Fotopoulos, Brandon Gallaher, Perry T. Hamalis, Valerie A. Karras, Alexandros K. Kyrou, Aristotle Papanikolaou, Elizabeth H. Prodromou, Nicolae Roddy, James C. Skedros, Andrew Walsh, and Gayle E. Woloschak.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Perry T. Hamalis, Valerie A. Karras
  3. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part One: Confronting the Present-Day Reality
  1. Chapter 1. The Ascetics of War: The Undoing and Redoing of Virtue
  2. Aristotle Papanikolaou
  3. pp. 13-36
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  1. Chapter 2. Exposing the State of the Question: A Case Study of American Orthodox Responses to the 1999 War in Kosovo
  2. Andrew Walsh
  3. pp. 37-58
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  1. Part Two: Reengaging Orthodoxy’s History and Tradition
  1. Chapter 3. Chariots of Fire, Unassailable Cities, and the One True King: A Prophetically Influenced Scribal Perspective on War and Peace
  2. Nicolae Roddy
  3. pp. 61-84
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  1. Chapter 4. Herodian-Roman Domination, Violent Jewish Peasant Resistance, and Jesus of Nazareth
  2. John Fotopoulos
  3. pp. 85-124
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  1. Chapter 5. “Their Hands Are Not Clean”: Origen and the Cappadocians on War and Military Service
  2. Valerie A. Karras
  3. pp. 125-158
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  1. Chapter 6. Constantine, Ambrose, and the Morality of War: How Ambrose of Milan Challenged the Imperial Discourse on War and Violence
  2. George E. Demacopoulos
  3. pp. 159-194
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  1. Chapter 7. Lessons from Military Saints in the Byzantine Tradition
  2. James C. Skedros
  3. pp. 195-214
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  1. Chapter 8. Debates on Just War, Holy War, and Peace: Orthodox Christian Thought and Byzantine Imperial Attitudes toward War
  2. Alexandros K. Kyrou, Elizabeth H. Prodromou
  3. pp. 215-248
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  1. Part Three: Constructive Directions in Orthodox Theology
  1. Chapter 9. War and Peace: Providence and the Interim
  2. Peter C. Bouteneff
  3. pp. 251-276
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  1. Chapter 10. A Helper of Providence: “Justified ProvidentialWar” in Vladimir Solov’ev
  2. Brandon Gallaher
  3. pp. 277-314
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  1. Chapter 11. War, Technology, and the Canon Law Principle of Economia
  2. Gayle E. Woloschak
  3. pp. 315-334
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  1. Chapter 12. Just Peacemaking and Christian Realism:Possibilities for Moving beyond the Impasse inOrthodox Christian War Ethics
  2. Perry T. Hamalis
  3. pp. 335-360
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 361-370
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 371-389
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ISBN
9780268102791
Related ISBN(s)
9780268102777, 9780268102807
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OCLC
1076764397
Pages
384
Launched on MUSE
2018-12-03
Language
English
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