Moral Reflections on Foreign Policy in a Religious War

Moral Reflections on Foreign Policy in a Religious War

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Moral Reflections on Foreign Policy in a Religious War argues that foreign policy thinkers and actors must take religion more seriously than they have in analysis and action. The tragedy of U.S. policy in Iraq is in part due to the dangers of ignoring religious conflicts in that country until it was too late, and then responding too lightly. Working as a philosopher of religion and politics, Stone shows how both in the United States and the Middle East unreflective religion in a dialogic relationship with politics power has proven hazardous. Stone proposes policy changes for the United States based on his analysis and calls for reform in the ways that both politics and religion are understood. Without peace between religions, there will be no peace in the Middle East. Without understanding how religion functions in international politics, the United States is doomed to repeat disastrous policies in the Middle East.show more

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  • Hardback | 130 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739127373
  • 9780739127377

About Ronald H. Stone

Ronald H. Stone is coeditor of Resistance and Theological Ethics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004).show more

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Ronald Stone has done as much, or more, than anyone else to utilize the Christian realism of Reinhold Niebuhr to deal with the conflicts of the twenty-first century. In this book he devotes special and perceptive attention to the role of religion in these conflicts. His helpful insights-historical, political, moral, and theological-deserve careful consideration. -- Edward LeRoy Long Jr., Drew Universityshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1. The Relationship of Ethics to International Politics Chapter 4 2. Just War and Jihad Chapter 5 3. Just Peacemaking Theory Chapter 6 4. Religion, Morality, and International Politics Chapter 7 5. On Speaking to Hezbollah and a Settler Chapter 8 6. War and Wisdom from Islam and Christianity Chapter 9 7. Reflections on the Role of Violence Chapter 10 8. Response to Terrorism and the Iraq Warshow more