9780754660378

British Foreign Policy and the Anglican Church: Christian Engagement with the Contemporary World

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  • ISBN13:

    9780754660378

  • ISBN10:

    0754660370

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2008-08-28
  • Publisher: Ashgate (AGH)

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Summary

Whilst the views of leaders within the Church of England are frequently canvassed during periods of national crisis, little attention has been devoted to finding out whether there are Church perspectives on contemporary foreign policy issues. The Church of England has not been regarded as an actor with a strong input into international affairs, preferring to speak out on domestic and individual issues. Yet world politics present fundamental ethical dilemmas which call for careful deliberation and the Church has a role to play both in shaping the debate and arguing for particular policy directions. To what extent is national policy shaped by underlying Christian values. Do the campaigning efforts of faith groups really exert influence and guide the development of state policy? This book seeks to elucidate whether there are particular Christian perspectives on the role that Great Britain should play in the world today. It investigates the role that the Church of England has played in contemporary foreign policy issues: including the use of force - intervention, counter-terrorism and arms sales - and overseas trade, aid and debt forgiveness. The book brings together senior individuals from within the Church, academia and non-governmental organizations to investigate these various ethical dilemmas.

Table of Contents

Contents
The Ethical Context: Introduction
Christian ethics and the dilemmas of foreign policy
The Military Instrument: The continuing, crucial relevance of just war criteria
Balance of consequences: towards and ethical standpoint on the Iraq intervention of 2003
3 parables about war
British military intervention since 1990
The Church and the war on terror
UK arms sales and the Church of England
Britain and the Less Developed World: Waiting for jubilee: the campaign for debt cancellation
The challenge of aid
Index
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