Mark and Daryl have been collectively fascinated by the just war tradition for more than half a century. We see in this venerable two-thousand- year-long conversation on qualifying coercive force much needed wisdom of the ages—wisdom that is needed in the present age. We thank our teachers—ancient and modern—who introduced us to the tradition, and we thank innumerable students over the years with whom we have discussed issues of war and peace, especially in the American context.
Teachers and colleagues who have been particularly influential in our day include James Turner Johnson, Mark R. Amstutz, David Corey, Nigel Biggar, Timothy Demy, Marc Livecche, and Eric Patterson, not to mention the recently deceased Jean Bethke Elshtain, who is greatly missed. Daryl is particularly grateful to the Institute on Religion and Democracy, whose leadership under Mark Tooley has been responsible for creating the only journal of its kind, Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy, edited by Marc Livecche. Providence offers serious and sustained reflections on Christian faith and foreign policy, and although it is not intended to be a journal solely dedicated to the ethics of war and peace, much of its content is devoted to this realm of ethical reflection and policy analysis, which, quite frankly, is absent from public discourse.
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