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AN INQUIRY INTO THE ACCORDANCY
OF WAR WITH THE
PRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIANITY


by Jonathan Dymond


Table of Contents




TITLE PAGE


PREFACE


TRANSCRIBER’S NOTES


CHAPTER 1 – OBSERVATIONS ON THE CAUSES OF WAR

Original causes

Want of inquiry

National irritability

Balance of power

Pecuniary interest

Ambition

Military glory

Books – Historians – Poets


CHAPTER 2 – AN INQUIRY, ETC.

Palpable ferocity of war

Reasonableness of the inquiry

Revealed will of God the sole standard of decision

Declarations of great men that Christianity prohibits war

Christianity

General character of Christianity

Precepts and declarations of Jesus Christ

Arguments that the precepts are figurative only

Precepts and declarations of the apostles

Objections to the advocate of peace from passages of the Christian Scriptures

Prophecies of the Old Testament respecting an era of peace

Early Christians – Their belief – Their practice – Early Christian writers

Mosaic institutions

Example of men of piety

Objections from the distinction between the duties of private and public life

The absence of a common arbitrator among nations

The principles of expediency

Examination of the principles of expediency as applied to war

Examination of the mode of its application

Universality of Christian obligation

Dr. Paley’s Moral and Political Philosophy

Inconsistent with the usual practice of the author

Inapplicability of the principles proposed to the purposes of life

Dr. Paley’s Evidences of Christianity

Inconsistency with the principles of the Moral Philosophy

Argument in favor of war from the excess of male births

Argument from the lawfulness of coercion on the part of the civil magistrate

Right of self-defense

Principles on which killing an assassin is defended

Consequences of these principles

Unconditional reliance upon Providence on the subject of defense

Safety of this reliance – Evidence by private and natural experience

General observations


CHAPTER 3 – OBSERVATIONS ON THE EFFECTS OF WAR

Social consequences

Political consequences

Opinions of Dr. Johnson

Moral consequences

UPON THE MILITARY CHARACTER

Familiarity with human destruction – with plunder

Incapacity for regular pursuits – half-pay

Implicit submission to superiors - Its effects on the independence of the mind

Implicit submission to superiors - Its effects on the on the moral character

Resignation of moral agency

Military power despotic

UPON  THE COMMUNITY

Peculiar contagiousness of military depravity

Animosity of party – Spirit of resentment

Privateering – Its peculiar atrocity

Mercenaries – Loan of armies

Prayers for the success of war

The duty of a subject who believes that all war is incompatible with Christianity

Conclusion

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