The Biblical and Natural Right of Self Defense

In the aftermath of my rather defiant posts both here in Patheos and over on NRO, several readers have asked me to take a deeper look at the biblical justification for the right of self defense (and defense of others) outside the context of law enforcement and military operations.  It is quite clear that God has not merely sanctioned the right of self defense but has explicitly approved even the use of deadly force to protect human life. [Read more…]