The question of war in the ancient church

Peter Leithart passed on some summaries of his reading on this subject on Christmas Eve: the diversity of early Christian opinion on war, Augustine’s evolving thought on war waged by a Christian society, Lactantius’ pre-Constantinian condemnation of all killing and post-Constantinian approval of military service for the state, and the differing values that two military martyrs placed on the military service.

Each post is short and worth your time if you’re interested in this subject.

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