While the formal significance of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation might be celebrated by Protestants and lamented by Catholics, reflecting back on sixteenth-century reform 500 years removed affords valuable lessons. The occasion also allows us to highlight the theological and legal thinking of a most remarkable though much forgotten figure of the Protestant Reformation.
J. Daryl Charles, Ph.D., is a contributing editor of the journal Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy and the journal Touchstone and an affiliated scholar of the John Jay Institute. He is author, editor or co-editor of fourteen books, including First Principles and the First Freedom (Routledge, 2017), (with David D. Corey) The Just War Tradition: An Introduction (ISI Books, 2012), (with David B. Capes) Thriving in Babylon (Pickwick, 2011), A Return to Moral First Things: Retrieving the Natural Law (2008), and most recently, (with Mark David Hall) America’s Wars: A Just War Perspective (University of Notre Dame Press, forthcoming). Charles has taught at Taylor University and Union University, served as director of the Bryan Institute for Critical Thought & Practice, was a 2013/14 visiting professor in the honors program at Berry College, and served as a 2007/8 William B. Simon visiting fellow in religion and public life at the James Madison Program, Princeton University, as well as the 2003/4 visiting fellow of the Institute for Faith & Learning, Baylor University. The focus of Charles’ research and writing is religion and society, the just war tradition, humanitarian intervention, and the natural law. Prior to entering the university classroom, Charles did public policy work in criminal justice in Washington, DC.