Fighting Militarily in the Name of One’s State and Fighting Militarily in the Name of One’s Religion

  • James Kellenberger
Part of the Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion book series (PFPR)


This chapter treats the first two of the religiously sanctioned ways of approaching war, bringing out how certain New Testament passages may be cited in apparent support of fighting militarily for one’s country. It is noted how fighting militarily in the name of one’s religion – taking up arms in a crusade or holy war against infidels or unbelievers – has a history in medieval and later Christianity and a contemporary Islamist iteration in the Middle East.

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  • James Kellenberger
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyCalifornia State UniversityNorthridgeUSA

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