Augustine on war and military service by Wynn, Phillip Gerald; Saint Bishop of Hippo. Augustine

By Wynn, Phillip Gerald; Saint Bishop of Hippo. Augustine

Did our sleek figuring out of simply struggle originate with Augustine? during this sweeping reevaluation of the proof, Phillip Wynn uncovers a nuanced tale of Augustine's ideas on warfare and army carrier, and provides us a extra entire and intricate photo of this significant subject. Deeply rooted within the improvement of Christian notion this reengagement with Augustine is key analyzing

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What accounts for those attitudes, and how and why did they evolve over time? How were Christian attitudes toward war and military service affected when the religion became dominant in the late fourth-century Roman world? How did “official” propaganda act to reflect and/or create the image, or the reality, of a normative Christian attitude toward war? What were the spiritual consequences of Christian participation in the army and in war, and how were such consequences addressed? What role did Scripture play in determining Christian attitudes?

75] In the same year as Russell’s book was published there appeared another historical treatment of the just war idea by another American scholar, James Turner Johnson. In his Ideology, Reason, and the Limitation of War, the first of a number of books Johnson has written on the just war, he focused on the historical development of the individual elements constituting the classical Western just war tradition. In thus attempting, along with Russell, a more historically nuanced analysis of just war’s development, Johnson made explicit what had mostly been implicit in Russell, that such a detailed historical examination revealed serious problems with the narratives and interpretations of Vanderpol and Regout.

Balthazar Ayala wrote his De iure et officiis bellicis in 1581 while serving as judicial advisor for the Duke of Parma’s army operating in the Spanish Netherlands. [17] In both the juridical work of his youth, the De iure praedae commentarius (1605), and his classic De iure belli ac pacis published twenty years later, Hugo Grotius cited Augustine numerous times. Grotius more than most of his predecessors explicitly singled out Augustine as an authority in the field of the ius belli. [22] As with those earlier writers, though, Grotius nowhere interpreted Augustine’s preeminent authoritativeness on issues of war as proof of doctrinal originality.

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