SELF-DEFENSE AGAINST UNJUST AGGRESSORS IN NIGERIA: A QUESTION OF BIBLICAL LITERALISM, REASON, AND/OR CONSCIENCE?

Vitus Ugwu

Abstract


Biblical literalism poses more danger to Christians than the assaults from Jihadism. The former disposes Christians to be vulnerable to avoidable deaths while the latter only takes the chance, and only the chance their vulnerability presents. But reasoned biblical exegesis, lessons from history, and one’s conscience make self-defense against an unjust aggressor(s) obligatory on Christians. Even if this defense results in the death of the aggressor(s), the defending Christian is not guilty of murder and does not violate in any way the spirit of the Bible.


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