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Kimball.154-185 - 3 When did Christians also become...

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Kelley Krueger Kimball, Chapter 6: “Declaring Holy War” – 25 points 1. What are three distinct Christian attitudes and approaches toward war and peace? One is pacifism (to see in Jesus sharp clarity about the supremacy of love, peacableness, and compassion). Another is the “just war doctrine” (establishing the right to go to war and the second establishing right conduct within war). And the Crusades (a series of religiously sanctioned military campaigns waged to restore Christian control of the Holy Land) 2. What, according to Kimball, should we take from Jesus’ sayings about war/peace? That he was pacifist and encouraged his followers to “love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you”. Kimball says that the tradition did not disappear but it was suppressed by most church leaders who sought to redefine the roles and responsibilities of Christians within the state.
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Unformatted text preview: 3. When did Christians also become soldiers? They became soldiers when their behavior was the furthest from the teachings and example of Jesus, aka the era of the Crusades. 4. What are the criteria for a “Just” war? a) It must be proclaimed by lawful authority; b) the cause must be just; c) the belligerents should have a rightful intention, to advance good or avoid evil; and d) the war must be fought by proper means. 5. What cemented Bin Laden’s anger toward the West? The admission and stationing of foreign non-Muslim troops in Islam’s holy land and their permanent deployment after the Gulf War. Some of the anger also comes from our self-serving policies that effectively shore up repressive regimes and block avenues for reform....
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