Christian Tradition And Its Effect On Violence Essay

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In the Christian Tradition, there are instances in which the use of violence is justifiable. Before 313 A.D, Christians have followed the traditional pacifist view to not support the use of violence and the state’s use of war, even if the use of war is to reject tyranny, solve conflict, and advance peace. However, Christian’s attitudes toward violence and war began to change when Constantine issued the Edict of Milan in 313 A.D. With this change in attitude, the Christian just war theory developed after Rome was invaded by the Visigoths in 410 A.D. The first instance when the use of violence was justifiable was examined in the New Testament. The New Testament contradicted the chapter of Luke about the Sermon on the plain and beatitudes, which argued that Christians are not justified in using the tool of war to promote peace. If you are hated your response should be to love and embrace the violent-doer and allow the enemy to impose violence onto you. In contrast, the New Testament embraced the use of the sword, as Jesus did when he commanded the disciples to buy swords and drive the money-changers out of the temple with a sword. These Medieval Christians were imitating Christ role’s and argues for the use of violence.
This led to the just war theory, which is another instance when the use of violence is justifiable. The just war theory argues that in some instances the use of violence is justifiable. Love may be primarily of morality but force, such as war which is state
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