Evangelical Christianity

Religion and war [Letter]

As a theologian and biblical scholar, I wish to respond to two points made by commentator Thomas Schaller, whose disdain for using religion to underwrite war I share ("The Islamic State's false promise," Sept. 30).

The practices he attributes to fundamentalist Christians in military institutions are simply more extreme forms of the misguided religious language used to support war in general. We see this, for example, in the pervasive rhetoric of "God bless our troops" from the president on down to local newspapers, church prayer meetings and everyday...