The RPA 'Double-Tap': Ethical Engagement or Moral Monster?

After what seems like forever, my Air Force-sponsored master's thesis is completed, graded, and now released to the world or whomever is interested... Title:  The RPA 'Double-Tap':  Ethical Engagement or Moral Monster Abstract: The ethical philosophy known as the Just War tradition (JWT) has governed the use and restraint of…

new writing endeavors

  I haven't given up blogging for Lent, but my blogging will be slowing down for the next six months as I begin my current master's thesis.  I will be researching and writing a Just War tradition (JWT) evaluation on the United States' use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA or…

consumed with legality while ignoring morality

We live in a society where questions of legality abound and questions of morality are all but ignored.  When deciding a course of action, we have little hesitation about asking "Is it legal?" but typically fail to ask "Is it right?"  A recent example comes from the leaked DOJ memo…

The Lesser of Two Evils

How should someone concerned about the morality of abortion AND (pre-emptive) war vote today?  Is there a moral choice available?  Does one candidate represent the 'lesser of two evils'? The Political Enquirer has an intriguing post this election day on the subject of ethical voting.  What begins with a typical-sounding…

Bonhoeffer on God's Will (from Ethics)

Last week I picked up Bonhoeffer's Ethics.  I honestly didn't know what to expect from this work, but I did anticipate a satisfying challenge to wrestle again with this 20th-century theological giant.  Having only read his Cost of Discipleship, however, I was unprepared for the struggle that lay ahead of…