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LUTHER'S LAMB: When and How to Fight a Just War

LUTHER'S LAMB: When and How to Fight a Just War After prayer, Youssef found me and gave his interpretation of the differing outlooks of Christianity and Islam. “In Islam, if I slap your cheek”— he slapped my cheek —“you should slap my other cheek. But in Christianity, Jesus says turn the other cheek. The U.S. is Christian, so why doesn’t it turn the other cheek?” —Jeffrey Goldberg If the lion lies down with the lamb, the lamb must be replaced frequently. —Attributed to Martin Luther In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist violence of September 11, 2001, the common language invoked by the United States government and its partners was the language of justice. Within less than two months after the attacks on New York and Washington, and even as the threat of biological terror presented itself, a competing language, equally informed by Christian sources, emerged in competition: the language of pacifism. The intellectual community, especially, began to urge varieties of policy that would turn the other cheek toward nations that host or harbor terrorists. Common Knowledge is neither a pacifist journal nor a Common Knowledge 8:2 Copyright 2002 by Duke University Press Christian one. But the journal is known for its remoteness from black-and-white formulations and high-horse http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Common Knowledge Duke University Press

LUTHER'S LAMB: When and How to Fight a Just War

Common Knowledge , Volume 8 (2) – Apr 1, 2002

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2002 by Duke University Press
ISSN
0961-754X
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1538-4578
DOI
10.1215/0961754X-8-2-304
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Abstract

After prayer, Youssef found me and gave his interpretation of the differing outlooks of Christianity and Islam. “In Islam, if I slap your cheek”— he slapped my cheek —“you should slap my other cheek. But in Christianity, Jesus says turn the other cheek. The U.S. is Christian, so why doesn’t it turn the other cheek?” —Jeffrey Goldberg If the lion lies down with the lamb, the lamb must be replaced frequently. —Attributed to Martin Luther In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist violence of September 11, 2001, the common language invoked by the United States government and its partners was the language of justice. Within less than two months after the attacks on New York and Washington, and even as the threat of biological terror presented itself, a competing language, equally informed by Christian sources, emerged in competition: the language of pacifism. The intellectual community, especially, began to urge varieties of policy that would turn the other cheek toward nations that host or harbor terrorists. Common Knowledge is neither a pacifist journal nor a Common Knowledge 8:2 Copyright 2002 by Duke University Press Christian one. But the journal is known for its remoteness from black-and-white formulations and high-horse

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Published: Apr 1, 2002

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