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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1st Edition edition (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019967261X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199672615
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.3 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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There is a serious disconnect between scholars exploring just war theory and those engaging the Christian just war tradition. The language of religion is foreign to many in the secular camp thereby leaving us bereft of a rich and sometimes compelling perspective. Provocatively titled, In Defence of War brings this tradition to the fore. It is well worth the read. (Michael L. Gross, Mind)

In Defence of War is an excellent book ... Combining deep understanding of the just-war tradition with impressive knowledge of military history, this book makes a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate. I highly recommend it (James Anderson, Expository Times)

Nigel Biggars In Defence of War is, in my judgment, the best contemporary theological exploration of the ethics of war since the work of Paul Ramsey ... A robust book like In Defence of War, which has its own internal dialogues among different ethical frames, is a contribution that should be respected and taken seriously across the range of all who address military ethics (James Turner Johnson, Journal of Military Ethics)

This is a significant book. It provides a defense and clarification of just war theory within the Christian tradition through a series of extended engagements with Christian and secular critics of that theory. Biggar makes a clear and important case, and does so with impressive learning and literary style (Kenneth R. Himes, Theological Studies)

In Defence of War is a searching, challenging book. It deserves much discussion (John Kelsay, Studies in Christian Ethics)

There are many fine books on the morality of war, but every so often a book comes along that really distinguishes itself in the field. Paul Ramsey's The Just War (1968) was certainly one. Appearing as it did in the midst of the Vietnam conflict, it served as a kind of bellwether of Christian moral reflection on a host of complex issues surrounding a controversial war. Nigel Biggar's new book is the same sort of text that comes to us in the aftermath of another very controversial conflict, the invasion of Iraq by the United States and Britain. Biggar's book is a veritable tour de force in Christian ethical reflection on war and surely the best such text that has appeared since Ramsey's work. (Darrell Cole, Journal of the American Academy of Religion)

Anyone who cares about questions of war and peace - and who wishes to think deeply about how to assess those questions morally - should buy and promptly read Nigel Biggar's In Defense of War. (Damon Linker, The Week)

This is an important book. (Church Times)

Every once in a while, a truly special book comes down the theological pike ... Now comes Nigel Biggar's In Defence of War. Biggar's careful moral reasoning offers a model that, if followed, would deepen and mature the Christian discussion of the ethics of war and peace. (First Things Magazine)

A very important book. (Reform)

About the Author

Nigel Biggar is Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, and Director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life, at the University of Oxford, where he is also a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral. Before taking up his current post in 2007, he held chairs in Theology at the University of Leeds and at Trinity College Dublin. Among his published works are: Behaving in Public: How to Do Christian Ethics (2011), (co-ed.) Religious Voices in Public Places (2009), Aiming to Kill: The Ethics of Suicide and Euthanasia (2004); and (ed.) Burying the Past: Making Peace and Doing Justice after Civil Conflict (2001, 2003). He sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Military Ethics and has lectured at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

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