Charles Cameron at Forensic Theology has posted a contribution to the ongoing discussion of nuclear weapons policy. It’s a veritable treasure trove of quotations and citations on the complex interplay between religious writing, thought, and nuclear weapons, it’s both lengthy and dense, and, honestly, it’s not for anyone with only a casual interest in the subject. I know I’ll return to it as a resource for that material.
Unfortunately, I think that its utility in formulating an updated nuclear weapons policy is pretty limited. In none of the countries that are major players in nuclear weapons (Russia, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, China, India, Pakistan, and Israel) are policy makers with a primary focus on eschatology a dominant factor. While we need to take the outliers and rogues into account, I think it would be pretty imprudent to make the countries who can or might produce a handful of nuclear weapons the central factor in our policy other than to take steps to reduce the likelihood that they’ll be able to do so and to reduce the utility of the weapons should they obtain them.
Hat tip: Mark Safranski