War in the Christian Tradition

Date Cancelled
College Regis College
Instructor(s) Berkman, John R.T.
Course Code RGT3657HS
NOTE: Graduate degree students enrol in RGT6657HS
Semester Second Semester
Section 0101
Online No
Credits One Credit
Location Toronto (St George Campus)

One of the most controversial issues in the Christian tradition has been its attitude to violence of all kinds. In particular, Christian attitudes to war and peace have been analyzed and debated by almost all major Christian theologians throughout history. This course will look at Christian attitudes to - and the theological and ethical bases for- war, peace, and revolution. The course will begin with Scripture, continue by examining the viewpoints of figures such as Augustine, Aquinas, Vitoria, Grotius, Calvin, Luther, among others, and also examine a variety of 20th and 21st century authors on the subject. Topics to be considered will include some of the following: just war, pacifism, realism, non-violence vs. non-resistance, revolution, civil war, peace-making, nuclear war, deterrence theories, total war doctrine, humanitarian intervention, and the responsibility to protect doctrine.

Schedule Thu
Start Time 11:00
End Time 13:00
Hours Per Week 2
Minimum Enrolment 5
Maximum Enrolment 16
Enrolment Notes

Maximum/Minimum class size indicated includes both BD and Graduate students

Teaching Method
Means of Evaluation
Previously Offered Winter 2021
Currently Offered Winter 2023