This book looks at two contradictory ethical motifs—the warrior and the pacifist—across four major faith traditions—Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—and their role in shaping our understanding of violence and the morality of its use. The Warrior and the Pacifist explores how these faith traditions, which now mutually inhabit our life spaces, bring with them across the millennia the moral teachings that have traveled from prehistoric humanity, embedded in the beliefs, rituals, and institutions socially constructed by humans to deal with ultimate concerns, core aspects of daily personal and social life, and life transitions.

chapter 1|9 pages

Rethinking Religion and Violence

ByLester R. Kurtz

part I|56 pages

The Buddhist Tradition

chapter 2|23 pages

Buddhism and Violence: An Oxymoron?

Text and Tradition in Buddhist Just-War Thinking
ByIselin Frydenlund

chapter 3|21 pages

Engaged Buddhism East and West

Encounters with the Visions, Vitality, and Values of an Emerging Practice
ByPaula Green

chapter 4|10 pages

Aspects of Social Engagement Within the Southeast Asian Buddhist World

ByJordan Baskerville, Somboon Chungprampree

part II|65 pages

The Jewish Tradition

chapter 5|17 pages

War and Peace

Intertwining Threads in the Jewish Tradition
ByRabbi Tirzah Firestone

chapter 6|18 pages

Jewish, Israeli, and Zionist Traditions of War and Peace

ByPaul Scham

chapter 7|28 pages

“Purity of Arms”

Educating Ethical Warriors in the Israeli Army
ByNoam Zion

part III|60 pages

The Christian Tradition

chapter 8|27 pages

Peace and War in Christian Thought

A Partisan Guide
ByNigel Biggar

chapter 9|7 pages


A Style of Politics for Peace 1
ByPope Francis

chapter 10|24 pages

Christianity and Islam in an Age of Transition

Violence or Healing?
ByJoseph A. Camilleri

part IV|69 pages

The Islamic Tradition

chapter 11|21 pages

Making Peace with Islam

The Muslim as Peacemaker
ByAfra Jalabi

chapter 12|26 pages

Transforming Terrorism With Muslims’ Nonviolent Alternatives?

ByChaiwat Satha-Anand

chapter 13|20 pages

Islamic Approaches to Nonviolence and Peacebuilding

A Critical Examination
ByMohammed Abu-Nimer

part V|69 pages

Addressing the Issues Cross-Culturally

chapter 14|19 pages

Building Peace with Religious Support

The Case of Sri Lanka
ByJehan Perera

chapter 15|14 pages

Interreligious Dialogue

ByLisa Schirch

chapter 16|34 pages

Warriors and Pacifists

Dilemmas, Paradoxes, Alternatives 1
ByLester R. Kurtz