What causes war? Is there such a thing as a just war? What are the premises of pacificism? Many have claimed that all war is wrong at all times—wrong for the defenders and for the aggressors—and that even when waged with the purpose of restraining evil, war produces greater evils than those against which it is directed. In response to these multiple viewpoints, Boettner writes this compelling volume, first published in 1940. Boettner brings biblical and historical data to bear upon issues relating to war, just war theory, pacifism, weapons of mass destruction, and much more. His crisp analysis of these and other issues makes this book a valuable and enduring statement on the ever-crucial matters of war and peace.
- Title: The Christian Attitude toward War
- Author: Loraine Boettner
- Publisher: P&R
- Publication Date: 1940
- Pages: 91
About Loraine Boettner
Loraine Boettner was born in 1901 in Linden, Missouri. He studied agriculture at the University of Missouri, but graduated with a B.S. after transferring to Tarkio Presbyterian College. In 1925, Boettner began his studies at Princeton, where he was influenced by the writings of Charles Hodge. He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Th.B. in 1928 and a Th.M. in 1929. He later received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 1933 and a Doctor of Literature degree in 1957. From 1935 to 1939, Boettner also worked at Christianity Today, and worked at the Library of Congress and for the Internal Revenue Service. He continued to write and publish theological works—his most popular The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, based on his Th.M. thesis, and Roman Catholicism. He died on January 3, 1990.