Little Platoon Seminar: Art & War

November 12-12, 2022
Wheaton College


If war is in principle justifiable for Christians, how do we make sense of failed military ventures sponsored by the church? This morning seminar will host wide ranging discussion on just war theory specifically as applied to the Crusades, but to more recent conflicts as well, especially the invasion of Ukraine. Students will read both a compelling Christian case for Christians in warfare (Nigel Biggar’s In Defense of War) and a recent book that shows a Christian visual response to the disaster of the Crusades (Matthew Milliner’s Mother of the Lamb) that also bears on the war in Ukraine. Participating students will be provided with both books, and with breakfast and lunch. After short presentations by Professors Taylor and Milliner, contributions to our formal, open-ended and free-ranging discussion from all students will be expected.  


About the Presenters

Matthew J. Milliner

Matthew J. Milliner is associate professor of art history at Wheaton College. He holds an M.A. & Ph.D. in art history from Princeton University, and an M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has written for publications ranging from The New York Times to First Things, and is author of The Everlasting People (InterVarsity Press, 2021) and Mother of the Lamb (Fortress Press, 2022).

Timothy Taylor

Timothy Taylor is an Associate Professor of Politics & International Relations at Wheaton College and serves as Faculty Coordinator of the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) Aequitas Fellows Program. His research and teaching interests include political economy and comparative politics. He specializes in the regions of Asia and Europe and directs undergraduate research projects employing quantitative methodology.

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