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Content and Context in Theological Ethics

The African American Challenge to Just War Theory

A Christian Approach

Authors: Cumming, R.

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In this innovative treatment of the ethics of war, Ryan P. Cumming brings classical sources of just war theory into conversation with African American voices. The result is a new direction in just war thought that challenges dominant interpretations of just war theory by looking to the perspectives of those on the underside of history and politics.

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Ryan P. Cumming is an Adjunct Instructor, Loyola University Chicago, USA

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The central question of this book, 'What can just war theorists learn from African American thought?' is one, unfortunately, too seldom asked. Ryan Cumming's well-written and insightful study infuses new energy into what has become a stale discussion. He demonstrates the wisdom and necessity of listening to voices too long marginalized by both the church and society. As a result, ethical discourse about the morality of war and peacemaking is now richer and more adequate to an ever-changing and more complex world. - Bryan N. Massingale, Professor of Theological Ethics, Marquette University

Drawing on African American thought and experience, Ryan Cumming opens up a new set of questions posed to the heritage of just war reasoning. The author displays real mastery of the tradition's classic texts and more recent scholarly treatments prompted by the tragic wars of the last half century. African Americans' experience of historic oppression within a militarily and economically powerful nation offers a distinct spotlight on aspects of the just war criteria, especially 'right authority,' 'proportionality,' and 'just cause.' Most helpfully, Cumming engages how the stark financial sacrifices required to sustain high military budgets deserve sustained moral probing. This book helpfully surveys the tradition of the just war reasoning but offers a most distinctive constructive analysis posed from a liberationist ethical perspective. Scholars and students alike have much to gain from this fine treatment of a mournful subject. William French, Associate Professor, Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago, USA


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Cumming, Ryan P.

    Pages 1-7

  • The State of Just War Theory Today

    Cumming, Ryan P.

    Pages 9-40

  • Who Makes Decisions? Right Authority in Historical Context

    Cumming, Ryan P.

    Pages 41-72

  • African American Thought on Authority and War

    Cumming, Ryan P.

    Pages 73-101

  • Who Pays the Cost? Military Budgets and Proportionality ad bellum

    Cumming, Ryan P.

    Pages 103-146

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  • ISBN 978-1-137-35032-9
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Hardcover $100.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-34725-1
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Softcover $95.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-46727-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The African American Challenge to Just War Theory
Book Subtitle
A Christian Approach
Authors
Series Title
Content and Context in Theological Ethics
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Ryan P. Cumming
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-35032-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137350329
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-34725-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-46727-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 239
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