A Christian’s role within the government has been greatly debated throughout church history. Biblical interpreters have used Romans 12-13 to justify government-sanctioned acts of violence, and, as the pendulum swings, pacifists have used the same chapters in defense of a complete detachment from the world and its governments. Among other important texts, biblical scholars turn to Romans 12:14-13:7 in order to answer the question, is a Christian warranted in fighting in a war? In our contemporary setting this debate still rages as Christians (both scholars and lay) seek to find a biblical response to war. This scholarly work–stemming from a master’s thesis in biblical studies–is a detailed study of Paul’s argument in Romans 12:14-13:7 and how it affects the on-going debate between just war theorists, pacifists, and just peacemakers.
A Thesis was written to fulfill the requirements of a master’s degree in Biblical Studies New Testament. It is the foundation for my forthcoming book, Through All The Plain, which is due Spring of 2014. Through All The Plain is the story of my progression from warfighter to peacemaker. This progression is chronicled narratively in my forthcoming Through All The Plain and academically in A Thesis. Please note that A Thesis includes Koine Greek, which may or may not appear correctly on your Kindle reader should you purchase it through Amazon.
*(Please Note: This is a master’s thesis that was submitted in December of 2009 for an M.A. in Biblical Studies N.T.)
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