Russian Orthodox Just War Theories

Posted April 17, 2017 9:16 pm by Dr. Adam DeVille

It has long been alleged, with some justice, that the Orthodox tradition has not developed its own social teaching to the same extent that the Catholic West has; this includes questions of just war. Some within the East–e.g., Alexander Webster–have said that the Eastern tradition is, or should be understood as, pacifist, though Webster himself, more recently, has recognized that the East is not unequivocal on this question.A forthcoming historical study will shed more light on how the largest Orthodox Church, the Russian, has developed its own understanding of war.This summer, Bloomsbury Academic will release Betsy Perabo, Russian Orthodoxy and the

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