Christianity and War


Clouse, Robert G, ed. War: 4 Christian Views. Winona Lake, IN: BMH Books, 1986.*

Cowles, C. S., ed. Show Them No Mercy: Four Views on God and Canaanite Genocide. Counterpoints. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2003.*

Klassen, William. “War in the NT.” In The Anchor Bible Dictionary. Vol. 6. Edited by David Noel Freedman, 867–875. New York: Doubleday, 1992.*

Reichberg, Gregory M., Henrik Syse, and Nicole Monique Hartwell, eds. Religion, War, and Ethics: A Sourcebook of Textual Traditions. New York, NY: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2014.

Allen, S. J., and Emilie Amt, eds. The Crusades: A Reader. Second Edition. Readings in medieval civilzations and cultures VII. North York: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Madden, Thomas F. The Concise History of the Crusades. Third Student Edition. Critical issues in world and international history. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishes, Inc, 2013.*


Allhoff, Fritz, Nicholas G. Evans, and Adam Henschke, eds. Routledge Handbook of Ethics and War: Just War Theory in the Twenty-First Century. First issued in paperback. Routledge handbooks. New York, NY: Routledge, 2015.

Bank, Jan, and Lieve Gevers. Churches and Religion in the Second World War. Translated by Brian Doyle. Occupation in Europe. London ; New York: Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016.*

Bainton, Roland Herbert. Christian Attitudes toward War and Peace: A Historical Survey and Critical Re-Evaluation. 14. Aufl. New York: Abingdon Press, 1985.

Barnett, Victoria J. Bystanders: Conscience and Complicity during the Holocaust. Contributions to the study of religion 59: Christianity and the Holocaust, core issues. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 1999.*

Blankenship, Anne M. Christianity, Social Justice, and the Japanese American Incarceration during World War II. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016.

Beaman, Jay. Pentecostal Pacifism: The Origin, Development, and Rejection of Pacific Belief among the Pentecostals. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2009.*

Beckett, Ian F. W. The Making of the First World War. New Haven, Conn.: Yale Univ. Press, 2014.

Brunstetter, Daniel R., and Cian O’Driscoll, eds. Just War Thinkers: From Cicero to the 21st Century. War, conflict and ethics. London ; New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.

Claster, Jill N. Sacred Violence: The European Crusades to the Middle East, 1095-1396. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.

Holmes, Arthur Frank, ed. War and Christian Ethics: Classic and Contemporary Readings on the Morality of War. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic, 2005.*

Kalantzis, George. Caesar and the Lamb: Early Christian Attitudes on War and Military Service. Eugene, Or: Cascade Books, 2012.*

LaSor, William Sanford. “War.” In The Oxford Companion to the Bible. Edited by Bruce M. Metzger and Michael D. Coogan, 791–792. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.*

Leuștean, Lucian. Eastern Christianity and the Cold War, 1945-91. London: Routledge, 2011.

May, Larry, Eric Rovie, and Steve Viner. The Morality of War: Classical and Contemporary Readings. 1st ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson Education, 2006.

Reichberg, Gregory M., Henrik Syse, and Endre Begby, eds. The Ethics of War: Classic and Contemporary Readings. Malden, MA ; Oxford: Blackwell Pub, 2006.

Riley-Smith, Jonathan Simon Christopher. The Crusades: A History. 2nd ed. Yale: Yale University Press, 2005.*

Riley-Smith, Jonathan Simon Christopher. The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam. The Bampton lectures in America. New York, NY: Columbia Univ. Press, 2011.*

Sider, Ronald J., ed. The Early Church on Killing: A Comprehensive Sourcebook on War, Abortion, and Capital Punishment. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic, 2012.*

Solberg, Mary M., ed. A Church Undone: Documents from the German Christian Faith Movement, 1932-1940. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2015.*

Walzer, Michael. Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations. Fifth edition. New York: Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2015.


Barth, Karl. The Church and the War. Eugene, Or.: Wipf & Stock, 2008.*

Bell, Daniel M. Just War as Christian Discipleship: Recentering the Tradition in the Church Rather than the State. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2009.*

Berquist, Jon L., ed. Strike Terror No More: Theology, Ethics, and the New War. St. Louis, Mo: Chalice Press, 2002.

Biggar, Nigel. In Defence of War. 1. ed. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2013.*

Brunstetter, Daniel R., and Cian O’Driscoll, eds. Just War Thinkers: From Cicero to the 21st Century. War, conflict and ethics. London ; New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.

Copan, Paul, and Matt Flannagan. Did God Really Command Genocide? Coming to Terms with the Justice of God. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2014.*

Craigie, Peter C. The Problem of War in the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1978.*

Ericksen, Robert P. Complicity in the Holocaust: Churches and Universities in Nazi Germany. Cambridge: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Hauerwas, Stanley. War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic, 2011.*

Johnson, James Turner. “Aquinas and Luther on War and Peace: Sovereign Authority and the Use of Armed Force.” The Journal of Religious Ethics 31, no. 1 (Spring 2003): 3–20.

Johnson, James Turner. “Historical Tradition and Moral Judgment: The Case of Just War Tradition.” The Journal of Religion 64, no. 3 (July 1984): 299–317.

Longman, Tremper, and Daniel G. Reid. God Is a Warrior. Studies in Old Testament biblical theology. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan Pub. House, 1995.*

Niditch, Susan. War in the Hebrew Bible: A Study in the Ethics of Violence. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1995.

O’Donovan, Oliver. The Just War Revisited. Current issues in theology v. 2. Cambridge, UK ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.*

Seevers, Boyd. Warfare in the Old Testament: The Organization, Weapons, and Tactics of Ancient Near Eastern Armies. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Academic, 2013.*

Sprinkle, Preston M. Fight: A Christian Case for Nonviolence. First edition. Colorado Springs, CO: David C Cook, 2013.*

Rad, Gerhard von, and Marva J. Dawn. Holy War in Ancient Israel. Grand Rapids, Mich: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co, 1991.*

Thomas, Heath, Jeremy A. Evans, and Paul Copan, eds. Holy War in the Bible: Christian Morality and an Old Testament Problem. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2013.*

Walton, John H. The Lost World of the Israelite Conquest: Covenant, Retribution, and the Fate of the Canaanites. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2017.*

Wynn, Phillip Gerald. Augustine on War and Military Service. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013.*

Yoder, John Howard. Christian Attitudes to War, Peace, and Revolution. Edited by Ted Koontz and Andy Alexis-Baker. Grand Rapids, Mich: BrazosPress, 2009.*

Yoder, John Howard. The Original Revolution: Essays on Christian Pacifism. Scottdale, Pennsylvania Waterloo, Ontario: Herald Press, 2003.*

Yoder, John Howard. When War Is Unjust: Being Honest in Just-War Thinking. 2. ed. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 1996.*


Atwood, James E. America and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé. Eugene, Or: Cascade Books, 2012.*

Cirincione, Joseph. Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons ; with a New Afterword. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008.

Finnis, John, Joseph M. Boyle, and Germain Gabriel Grisez. Nuclear Deterrence, Morality, and Realism. Oxford : New York: Clarendon Press ; Oxford University Press, 1987.*

Futter, Andrew. The Politics of Nuclear Weapons. Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2015.

Gray, Colin S. War, Peace and International Relations: An Introduction to Strategic History. 2nd ed. Abingdon, UK : New York: Routledge, 2011.

Guillemin, Jeanne. Biological Weapons: From the Invention of State-Sponsored Pograms to Contemporary Bioterrorism. Columbia conemporary issues in national security policy. New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 2006.

Linner, Rachelle. City of Silence: Listening to Hiroshima. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Book, 1995.*

Martino, Joseph Paul. A Fighting Chance: The Moral Use of Nuclear Weapons. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1988.*

Paul, T. V. The Tradition of Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons. Stanford, Calif: Stanford Security Studies, 2009.

Rhodes, Richard. The Making of the Atomic Bomb. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2012.

Sagan, Scott Douglas, and Kenneth N. Waltz. The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: An Enduring Debate. 3rd ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 2013.

Sechser, Todd S., and Matthew Fuhrmann. Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Siracusa, Joseph M. Nuclear Weapons. Second edition. Very short introductions. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Southard, Susan. Nagasaki – Life after Nuclear War. New York: Penguin Books, 2016.


*Refers to those written from a Christian perspective.