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War, Peace and the Christian
4th December: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm GMT
One event on 6th November 2019 at 4:00 pm
One event on 20th November 2019 at 4:00 pm
One event on 4th December 2019 at 4:00 pm
Human Dignity Reading Group
Everyone knows that a “balance of terror” is a poor substitute for the true peace of human flourishing. Pope Paul VI said, “No more war!, war never again”. How can Christians help bridge the gap between the dire reality of actual and threatened military destruction and the Christian aspiration for the “peace which surpasses all understanding”?
For general background on the topic please see:
Lisa Sowle Cahill, Love your Enemies: Discipleship, Pacifism, and Just War Theory, (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1994)
All meetings will be held between 4 and 6pm in the Aquinas Room, 17 Beaumont Street.
23rd October 2019
Just War and the Commitment to Peace: This session explores the horror of modern warfare and its influence on changes in Catholic teachings relating to war and peace.
- Benedict XV, To Peoples now at war and their rulers, (1915)
- Paul VI’s Address to the United Nations, 1965
- John Paul II, Speech to the United Nations, (1979)
Whilst it is not essential to do so, it might be useful to read:
6th November 2019
Development as Peace: This session will investigate the meaning behind Paul VI’s famous dictum ‘if you want justice, work for peace’.
20th November 2019
The Human Person and the Nature of Peace: This session will explore the relationship between God’s plan for humanity and the need to pursue peace.
- Benedict XVI, The Human Person and the Right to Peace, (2007)
- Francis, No Longer Slaves, But Brothers and Sisters, (2015)
4th December 2019
The Environment: during this session we will discuss the relationship between care for creation and peace.
Venue: Aquinas Seminar Room - 17 Beaumont Street Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2NA United Kingdom
Las Casas Institute