When Christians Kill

Don't make a virtue of necessity

I opposed the war in Vietnam and was active in the antiwar movement. I would do it again. The war we are engaged in now is thoroughly different. Like many who opposed our involvement in Vietnam, I believe a military response was necessary after September 11.

Still, I can’t buy into the just-war theory as it is usually presented; I have always found it impossible to accept as a Christian argument one which does not need at any...

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About the Author

John Garvey is an Orthodox priest and columnist for Commonweal. His most recent book is Seeds of the Word: Orthodox Thinking on Other Religions.