Being Christian in a fragile world: Revisions of Peace Ethics in the Face of the Ukraine War

The brutal war of aggression on Ukraine, which the Russian president personally pushed forward without any external cause, was not only an violation of the territorial integrity of a sovereign nation, but was at the same time an attack on the order of values of Europe and the United Nations.

As a representative of the subject of Christian social ethics, I ask myself how much my peace-ethical reflections of the past years as well as the guidelines of Catholic social teaching are still worth in view of the new threat scenario. Some ethical theories were characterized by the idea that war in Europe was merely a phenomenon of the dark past. A view that, from today’s perspective, must be considered naive and outdated. The peace-ethical consequences of being a Christian in a fragile world need to be explored anew.

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