Centennial Institute Distinguished Lecture Series 

February 07, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Colorado Christian University
Anschutz Great Room
8787 W. Alameda Ave.,
Lakewood, CO 80226
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After Afghanistan: How Just War Theory Helps Make Sense of a Tragedy

Join the Centennial Institute for our February Distinguished Lecture Series event featuring Dr. Eric Patterson, Executive Vice President of the Religious Freedom Institute.

The Christian tradition of Just Theory applies Biblical principles to how a nation decides to go to war and how it should fight wars. But, as Dr. Patterson points out, the tradition can also inform what happens after a war ends – how one might restore order, liberty, and justice after the fighting stops. This lecture will look at the tragic case of post-war Afghanistan, and what the U.S. could and should do differently next time.

About Dr. Eric Patterson

Eric Patterson. Ph.D. is executive vice president of the Religious Freedom Institute in Washington, DC and Scholar-at-Large and the former dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University. His research and teaching focus on religion, ethics, and international affairs. Patterson previously taught at Georgetown University and has extensive government experience, including service as a White House Fellow and special assistant to the director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, two stints in the State Department’s Bureau of Political and Military Affairs, and over twenty years of service as an officer and commander in the Air National Guard. Patterson has spoken for many government audiences such as the French Department of Defense, U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis), the Armed Forces Chaplains Center, National Defense University, the Pentagon, the Naval Postgraduate School, the Foreign Service Institute, and other government venues. In addition to dozens of peer-reviewed academic articles, he is the author or editor of eighteen books, including Just War and Christian Traditions (with J. Daryl Charles, forthcoming 2022) and Just American Wars: Ethical Dilemmas in U.S. Military History (2019). He has also written for The Washington Post, The Washington Times, First Things, Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy, and is a World opinion contributor.


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