Michael Enright interviews John Berkman regarding the role of Saint Augustine and Saint Thomas in developing the classic Christian understanding of just war. Issues discussed include how Augustine reconciles his views on war with "Thou Shalt not Kill," whether the "wars of religion" are in fact political, whether invocations to "just war" by politicians have any connection to the classic Christian account, and whether a modern nation-state or military are ever capable of fighting the classic Christian account considers a "just war."
Professor Berkman (PhD, Duke University) is Associate Professor of Moral Theology at Regis College. Prior to joining the Regis College Faculty in 2009, he was an Associate Professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, and in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the Duke Divinity School and the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life. His areas of research and interest are medical ethics, fundamental moral theology, Thomistic ethics, war and peace, and animal ethics.
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