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War, the Death Penalty, and Christian Ethics

There have been a few recent posts in the blogosphere recently related to the current issues of war and the death penalty, particularly with Saddam Hussein currently on death row, which most Americans warmly welcome, Christians included.

First, Ben Meyers has recently posted an excellent review of David Clough’s Ethics in Crisis: Intperpreting Barth’s Ethics which takes a close look Barth’s position on war and the death penalty and does and excellent job of expoloring how Barth answers (or in some cases fails to answer) the crucial questions about how Christians must respond to leathal violence in light of the reality of the Crucified God.

Second, David Congdon has posted an excellent and provacative article calling for Christians to oppose the execution of Saddam Hussein and provides a wonderful theological arguement for why Christians should be opposed to war and the use of the death penalty. David aruges this following the masterful theologians, Karl Barth, Eberhard Jungel and John Howard Yoder, all of whom I take to be helpful guides to Christian thinking about ethics and theology. I highly recommend his bold post.


  1. GoobyNelly wrote:

    Hey Halden,
    It was good to finally meet you at AAR. Hopefully we’ll meet on your turf soon, as I’m being lured by the excellent people that Oregon seems to churn out!
    Care to post a review of AAR and the sessions you attended?

    Monday, November 27, 2006 at 9:57 pm | Permalink
  2. D.W. Congdon wrote:

    Thanks for the plug, Halden. I’m surprised and grateful to see that post bearing fruit.

    Indeed, I would love to hear more about your time in D.C. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to talk soon.

    Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 4:57 am | Permalink

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