Battlefield Ethics: Links

A selection of links to religious and other ethical stances on war, military practices, and pacifism.

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An article from the "Journal of Buddhist Ethics" entitled "In Defense of Dharma: Just-War Ideology in Buddhist Sri Lanka." An exploration of the use of the Buddhist canon to justify warfare by Sinhalese Buddhists in Sri Lanka.

Buddhism & War

A question & answer site that explains a Buddhist attitude toward war and answers the question, "Can Buddhists join the army?" Says a Buddhist should never act as an aggressor and gives a Buddhist story as background.

St. Thomas Aquinas on War

Section of Aquinas's "Summa Theologica," in which he answers questions about wheterh war is lawful, whether it is all right to fight on holy days, and more.

Gaudium et Spes

Vatican statement on the Church in the modern world, with a section on 'The Avoidance of War.'

Catholicism & Peace


Collection of online Catholic writings and official statements on war, just-war theory, and peace. With links to relevant organizations.

The Hindu Ethic of Nonviolence

An essay on


, a Jain concept that is the basis for the HIndu principle of nonviolence, with selected quotes from Hindu leaders on pacifism.

The Cases in Which Islam Permits Fighting
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