Vol. 4 (2023): Faith and Fighting: Warfare and Its Theological and Religious Contours
FAITH AND FIGHTING: WARFARE AND ITS THEOLOGICAL AND RELIGIOUS CONTOURS
Whether one considers the war-torn ancient Near East, the military conquests waged by Alexander the Great, the two World Wars, or the contemporary conflicts in Europe and other regions around the world, warfare seems an enduring element in human relations, governance, and culture. If often ignored or otherwise treated as ancillary to political and economic analyses, the theological and religious factors influencing, underlying, or resulting from warfare are nevertheless immeasurably important areas of inquiry. For example, studying church doctrine, religious movements, and specific beliefs about doctrinal topics such as immanence, transcendence, eternity, reincarnation, the afterlife, and immortality can shed valuable light upon the complex sociocultural and ideological reasons and dynamics giving rise to and shaping warfare. So, too, carefully studying theologians and religious scholars who have lived through war may disclose the ways in which thinkers past and present have used theological, philosophical, and religious resources to address the hellish realities in which they find themselves. In various ways, the contents comprising the fourth volume of JOGTS unearth and examine these types of questions and topics to thus explore the broad theme of "Faith and Fighting."