Theology for International Law

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-10-24
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark

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Whilst Christian theology is familiar with questions about the relation of church and state, divine and human law, little attention has been devoted to questions of international law. Esther D. Reed offers a systematic engagement with contemporary issues of international law and its relevance for modern theology. Reed discusses numerous issue driven topics, including: challenges to classic just-war thinking from so-called fourth generation warfare, peoples and nationhood within divine providence, the ethics of territorial borders and the militarization of human intervention. By discussing selected biblical texts Reed helps to move the issues of international law higher up the agenda of Christian theology, ethics and moral reasoning.

Author Biography

Esther D. Reed is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics, University of St Andrews, Scotland. She is author of The Genesis of Ethics: On the Authority of God as the Origin of Christian Ethics (DLT), and is a former Editor of Studies in Christian Ethics (Sage).

Table of Contents

Part I Context and Method1.Introduction2.Between Statism and Dystopia: International Law and the Question of Authority3.Protestant Thomist Jurisprudence: Questions whilst Reading Paul's Theology of (International)LawPart II Selected Topics4.Religious Freedom and the Meaning of 'Universal': Ideological Conflict or Legal Tool?5. JustWar Ethics and Fourth Generation Warfare: Is the Tradition Exhausted?6. NationStates and Love of Neighbour: Impartiality and the Ordo Amoris7. On theEthics of Territorial Borders: Answerability before God and Neighbour8.Responsibility to Protect and Militarized Humanitarian Intervention: When and Whythe Churches Failed to Discern Moral Hazard9. International Law in Christian (Protestant Thomist)Perspective: Ten ThesesConclusionsBibliographyIndex

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