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what are the conditions for a just war

- cause of war must be just
- must be fought with the intention of establishing good
- mush be a reasonable chance of success
- proportional force used from both sides
- civilians must not be targets or involved
- war must be authorised by bigger body of authority

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argument for just war theory being the best religious response (authority)

- has to be authorised
- example is the UN has to authorise wars between most countries
- allows for selfless thoughts to evaluate the need for war and prevents unnecessary wars

3

argument for just war theory being the best religious response (result)

- doesnt end in overwhelming sadness or evil
- intention of war is to defeat wrong doing and promote good
- conclusion of war will be more positive and make world a better place

4

argument for just war theory being the best religious response (equality)

- allows for fair fights
- fire power has to be propotional for war to be accepted
- prevents one side from being dominated and destroyed beyond recovery

5

argument for just war theory being the best religious response (safety)

- no one who isnt willing to fight is hurt
- civilians arent involved in conflict
- no innocent lives are lost and it doesnt directly impact lives of people in the country

6

what is a just war

A Just War is one which has to be fought but is conducted according to certain conditions

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argument against just war theory being the best religious response (nature of war)

- all war is unjust and cant be ethically supported
- because it always deals pain and suffering
- fact that people will be hurt because of government bodies can never be justified

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argument against just war theory being the best religious response (aims of war)

- just war removes the skills/strategies needed for war and the weight it holds
- aim of war should be to win as quickly and as cheaply as possible
- just war makes sure both sides are aware of each others power and intentions, making it unfair for the more prepared side

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personal christian attitude towards just war theory

- dont support war, but believe it is a part of life and shouldnt be held down by rules
- in the Bible God is frequently on the side of those waging wars that don't conform to just war theory
- means that God doesnt need the rules to be followed