The subject of torture is once again being widely addressed—at least in certain segments of the blogosphere. But while bloggers and other pundits have entered the fray, the Christian intellectual community has been relatively silent.
In the Fall of 2006, Justin Taylor and I decided to host an online symposium and encourage several leading Catholic and Evangelical ethicists and thinkers to provide guidance on how to think morally about the issue by responding to Dr. Charles Krauthammer’s then current Weekly Standard article, “The Truth About Torture.” We asked them to address several questions, including: “What is the truth about torture from a Christian worldview? Is torture ever allowed? And if so, under what conditions and circumstances?”
To spark further discussion, I’ve posted all of the responses on the Evangel blog. Listed below are the links to each contributor’s entry:
Darrell Cole is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Drew University (Madison, NJ). He is the author of When God Says War Is Right: The Christian’s Perspective on When and How to Fight and the co-author of The Virtue of War: Reclaiming the Classic Christian Traditions East & West.
John Jefferson Davis is professor of systematic theology and Christian ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Daniel Heimbach is Professor of Christian Ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC). He is the author of True Sexual Morality: Recovering Biblical Standards for a Culture in Crisis.
Mark Liederbach is an Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC).
Kenneth Magnuson is an Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY). He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, American Academy of Religion, and the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity.
Albert Mohler is President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to his presidential duties, Dr. Mohler hosts a daily radio program for the Salem Radio Network. He also writes a popular daily commentary on moral, cultural and theological issues at his website, AlbertMohler.com.
Richard John Neuhaus was the founding editor-in-chief of First Things.
Robert Vischer is an Associate Professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, MN and is a regular contributor to Mirror of Justice, a weblog devoted to the development of Catholic legal theory.