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Bibil Identifier bibil:207044
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Thomas Aquinas between Just War and Pacifism
Author Reichberg, Gregory M.
Journal Journal of Religious Ethics (Volume: 38, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 219-241 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Some recent authors have argued that Aquinas deliberately integrated a pacifist outlook into bis just war theory. Others, by contrast, have maintained that bis rejection of pacifism was inequivocal. The present article attempts to set the historical record straight by an examination of Aquinas's writings on this topic. In addition to Q. 40, A. l of Summa theologiae II—II, the text usually cited in this connection, this article considers the biblical commentaries where Aquinas explains how the Gospel "precepts of patience," especially Matthew 5:39, "Do not resist evil," should be interpreted in light of the doctrine of just war. The article that Aquinas formulated a two-stage theory whereby pacifism was rejected as a suitable form of agency for the state (respublica), while it was affirmed äs the appropriate response to evil for the agency of the church (ecclesia).
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : Middle Ages (8th -14th cent.) : Thomas Aquinas
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