Analogies and the death of Bin Laden

That’s the title of my latest column over at The Catholic Thing. Here’s how it begins:

N. T. Wright, former Anglican Bishop of Durham, is one of the foremost theologians and biblical scholars in the world. Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews, his work on the doctrine of justification, controversial among Evangelical Protestants, is in many ways remarkably close to the Catholic view. For this reason, Professor Wright’s work, much to his chagrin, has been instrumental in leading some former Anglicans to the Catholic Church. I have long been an admirer of the former bishop, and have learned much from his impressive and compelling scholarship.

Last week, however, Professor Wright ventured from the confines of his expertise and into the field of international relations, arguing that the United States had acted unjustly in its successful finding and killing of Osama Bin Laden on May 1 in Pakistan. To make his case, Wright offers this analogy:

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  • thompson

    You write, “In order to establish the injustice of the bin Laden killing – which Professor Wright is attempting to do by offering this analogy – he would have to show that the example he offers is indeed an injustice. But it seems to me that reasonable people can think otherwise.”

    The range of disagreement among reasonable people is often quite extensive. So do you just want to say that reasonable people can come down on either side of this question? And do you allow that there is reasonable disagreement over the question of whether this killing of bin Laden was an unjust assassination?

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