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“In the Cause … of their God”: Clarifying Some Issues Regarding the Book of Mormon and a Gospel View of War
|Title||“In the Cause … of their God”: Clarifying Some Issues Regarding the Book of Mormon and a Gospel View of War|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2023|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship|
|Keywords||Just-War Ethics; Nonviolence; Pacifism; War Chapters; Warfare|
A recent effort to think about war concludes that the Book of Mormon displays two righteous approaches to conflict: a violent approach that is justified and therefore “blessed;” and a nonviolent approach that is higher than this and therefore “more blessed” (an approach that is also said to be effective in ending conflict). This effort, however, turns out to be unsuccessful for multiple reasons. Attending to these reasons can be valuable, since doing so can help clarify several important issues about the Book of Mormon and a gospel view of war.
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