Reflections on a six-week internship in interfaith work in Birmingham (UK), its challenges for faith communities and its importance for wider community cohesion in a superdiverse society.
Religious diversity is not a new phenomenon but as old as most major religious traditions. This becomes apparent in the fact that at least all of today’s major religions like Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the different Chinese religions are a result of some form of syncretism of different religious forebears. It is also… Read More Review: “Religious Pluralism & Interreligious Theology” by Perry Schmidt-Leukel – And its relevance for the Ethics of War and Peace
Dehumanising rhetoric in the context of war is nothing new and the recent statement by U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major John Wayne Troxell that the Joint Force fighting ISIS is on orders to annihilate the enemy and if ISIS fighters do not choose to surrender, they should be killed “with extreme prejudice, whether that… Read More On the problem of dehumanising rhetoric in war – A Christian theological perspective
This post is partly based on my earlier post „Die Bundeswehr im UN-Einsatz in Mali – Ein Einsatz ohne Erfolgsaussichten?“, published on 06 February 2017 on sicherheitspolitik-blog.de. This week the German Bundestag discussed among other Bundeswehr deployments the future participation in the United Nations peacekeeping mission MINUSMA (Mission Multidimensionelle Intégrée des Nations Unies pour la… Read More German Bundeswehr and MINUSMA in Mali – Any chance of success?
Not unlike the recent report Filling the ranks on the recruitment problems of the British Army shows for the UK, the German armed forces (Bundeswehr) struggle badly to meet their recruitment goals and to fulfill the “Trendwende Personal” (the turnaround in the personnel strength) as proclaimed by the German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen. Last… Read More Risks of moral exploitation of soldiers through unrealistic recruitment campaigns
The 2nd edition of Helen Frowe’s work “The Ethics of War and Peace. An Introduction” was published by Routledge in 2016. Frowe is Professor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Stockholm and director of the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace. The 280 pages volume covers in the first 5 chapters… Read More Review: “The Ethics of War and Peace. An Introduction” by Helen Frowe