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The Dove, The Fig Leaf and the Sword: Why Christianity changes its mind about war By Alan Billings

The Dove, The Fig Leaf and the Sword: Why Christianity changes its mind about war
by Alan Billings

An intriguing contribution to the literature published to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War in August 2014. The book's primary focus is an attempt to explain why Christianity changes its mind about war at different points in its history.
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The Dove, The Fig Leaf and the Sword: Why Christianity changes its mind about war Summary


Why does the pacifist movement of the first few centuries so quickly become an organization that supports emperors and finds reasons for fighting? What leads the Church to formulate just war principles only to abandon them when in pursuit of heretics and infidels? What is the relationship between Christianity and the idea of chivalry? Did just war principles ever stay the hand of Christian rulers? How could religious wars ever be fought? Why did the churches capitulate so easily to nationalist sentiment? What impact did two world wars have on Christian thinking? Why have the churches in more recent years and a more secular age apparently taken a more cautious approach to war? These are the sort of questions this book sets out to answer. Its essential argument is that the movement begun by Jesus was never committed to pacifism in any absolute sense.

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Sku
GOR006425711
Title
The Dove, The Fig Leaf and the Sword: Why Christianity changes its mind about war
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Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
SPCK Publishing
Year published
Number of pages
192
ISBN 10
0281072248
ISBN 13
9780281072248
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