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Reply To: Have you ever consciously or subconsciously used your faith to examine foreign policy? Was it harmful or helpful? Please elaborate.

Mark Howell

Although I agree with Walter Mead when he said that you can have good foreign policy even if it is not based on Christian principles, I do believe that faith can still be beneficial when analyzing foreign policy. Personally, I often try to use my faith to examine foreign policy and, although it can be quite difficult, I believe it has always been helpful. If I would not let my faith inform how I view a foreign policy issue, then I am left with only a handful of ethical frameworks to inform my opinion. This includes utilitarianism, Kantian ethics, rights theory, etc. While these frameworks are very useful, I would not be doing my duty as a Christian if I did not look to scripture to inform my opinion. After taking the Hebraic thought course with Dr. Dru, I know that the Bible can inform our views of contemporary issues that are not mentioned in scripture. Moreover, I would say that Just War Theory which, as a doctrine, has been developed for over 16 centuries, is a valuable tool that can be used to analyze any form of foreign conflict.