This session will survey theological debates over war and violence within the Christian tradition in a way that assumes others – particularly Muslims – are listening in. It will present Christian pacifism as the sort of internal critique that representatives of any faith tradition must honestly do in order to dialogue well with others in the service of peace.
Gerald W. Schlabach is a Christian social ethicist who teaches in the Theology department at the University of St. Thomas and former chair of Justice and Peace Studies there. In the 1980s he launched a regional peacebuilding project in Central America for Mennonite Central Committee. Currently a research scholar at the Collegeville Institute, he is writing a book on peace theology and Catholic social teaching.