Sacramentum Mundi Online

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Edited by: Karl Rahner with Cornelius Ernst and Kevin Smyth.
Advisor for the online edition: Karen Kilby, Durham University

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Sacramentum Mundi Online is the online edition of the famous six volume English reference work in Catholic Theology, edited (in 1968-1970) by Karl Rahner, one of the main Catholic theologians of the 20th century. Sacramentum Mundi: An Encyclopedia of Theology was originally published by Herder Verlag, and is now available online at Brill.

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Author(s): René Coste
An attempt at a theological examination of war must deal in turn with the phenomenon of war, the problem of the right to make war ( jus ad helium) and the conduct of hostilities ( jus in hello) 1. The phenomenon of war. Basically, apart from its specific manifestations, war may be defined as armed and sanguinary conflict between organized groups. The arms may make themselves felt by mere intimidation, before they are actually used. Such intimidation indeed plays a dominant role in the confrontation of great powers in our day, because th…