Just War – 2016 IDE Symposium

Just WarThe Iowa District East Symposium is an opportunity to gather once a year to hear and discuss papers presented by the pastors of our District. This event began in 2016 when a group of pastors in Iowa District East joined together to provide a forum for the research and discussion of a theological topic. The initial topic was “just war.”

“Concerning civic affairs they teach that lawful civil ordinances are good works of God and that Christians are permitted to hold civil office, to work in law courts, to decide matters by imperial and other existing laws, to impose just punishments, to wage just war, to serve as soldiers, to make legal contracts, to hold property, to take an oath when required by magistrates, to take a wife, to be given in marriage.” – Augustana XVI

Our confessions clearly state that engaging in just war is a good work of God. But what exactly is “just war”? How did the reformers define a war being just? What modern considerations ought the Christian make when determining whether or not war is justified? These and many other questions were addressed at the May 20 – 21, 2016 Iowa District East Symposium.

Download Papers (in PDF)

  1. Scriptural Considerations for Just War Doctrine – Rev. Travis Berg
  2. Saint Augustine and the Doctrine of Just War – Rev. C.P. Duling
  3. Martin Luther on the Doctrine of Just War – Rev. Alex Post
  4. Introduction to the Magdeburg Confession with an Appeal to The LCMS – Rev. Michael Kearney
  5. The Effects of WWI and WWII on the Lutheran Understanding of a Just War – Rev. Dr. Brian Saunders
  6. Coming soon! Killing and Making Alive: The Unintended Theological Consequences of Dave Grossman’s Work “On Killing” – Rev. Samuel Beltz
  7. Women in Combat: Undermining a Civilization’s Right to Exist – Rev. John Preus

 

Presentation Video

Scriptural Considerations for Just War Doctrine – Rev. Travis Berg

Saint Augustine and the Doctrine of Just War – Rev. Collin Duling 

Martin Luther on the Doctrine of Just War – Rev. Alex Post 

Introduction to the Magdeburg Confession with an Appeal to The LCMS – Rev. Michael Kearney

The Effects of WWI and WWII on the Lutheran Understanding of a Just War – Rev. Dr. Brian Saunders

Killing and Making Alive: The Unintended Theological Consequences of Dave Grossman’s Work “On Killing” – Rev. Samuel Beltz

Women in Combat: Undermining a Civilization’s Right to Exist – Rev. John Preus

Just War Panel Discussion

Presentation Audio

Check back soon for downloadable audio of each paper that was recorded at Camp Io-Dis- E-Ca.

Sermons