Article- Was the American Revolution a Just War?

Read this article: http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/essays/was-the-american-revolution-a-just-war#.VZnkEO_xnAU.facebook

This is a very interesting article that speaks to the traditional Christian understanding of a “just war”. One thing I found interesting was that a Quaker, John Dickinson, was the primary author of “The Declaration on the Causes and Necessities of Taking Up Arms”. Quakers were known to be pacifist in their orientation to war. And if you have ever seen the HBO miniseries “John Adams” you will understand how surprising it is that he authored it as in the show (and in history) he gives the most resistance to accepting a Declaration of Independence and open war with Britain.

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2 thoughts on “Article- Was the American Revolution a Just War?

  1. Ah, the spirit of the times! John Wesley describes that spirit in England itself a year before the Revolutionary War. He writes of the “poison which is so diligently spread through every city and town in the kingdom. They are screaming for liberty, while they have it in their hands…” (Sounds timely!)
    He notes at that time that in the “colonies also many are causing the people to drink largely from the same deadly wine.”
    Not many American Christians of the same caliber as the English heroes of the faith. https://spurgeonwarquotes.wordpress.com/

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    • I do not know much of Wesley’s view on war but I am wondering when he says, “They are screaming for liberty, while they have it in their hands…” if he is claiming that the colonies DID in fact have “liberty” and what he means by “liberty”. A good case is made that the colonies did NOT have liberty at that time.
      You note that he says, “colonies also many are causing the people to drink largely from the same deadly wine.” Is the “deadly wine” he is referring to liberty? I would have to look further into his position on this. Also, what do you mean by, “Not many American Christians of the same caliber as the English heroes of the faith.” ??

      Cheers

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