Date of Graduation

Summer 2014

Degree

Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies

Department

Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

Keith Payne

Keywords

Weapons of Mass Destruction, WMD, Church of England, British WMD policy, defence, Archbishop of Canterbury, Lambeth Conference, General Synod

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies

Abstract

The Church of England (CoE) has multiple avenues to influence British policy regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Constitutionally, the CoE is represented by the Lords Spiritual, in the House of Lords, who raise moral and ethical considerations with respect to British WMD policy. Outside of Parliament, the CoE can make its position known on WMD through CoE General Synod Reports, Lambeth Palace Resolutions, involvement in mass movements, and writings and sermons. The purpose of this thesis is to determine the extent the CoE has on developing or influencing British WMD policy. Analysis of these avenues indicates that the CoE could be more effective in developing and influencing British WMD policy if: (1) CoE members agreed to the need for specificity regarding WMD policy recommendations to Parliament and Her Majesty's Government; (2) CoE members agreed upon which Anglican Communion should determine the moral and ethical implications of WMD policy; (3) the CoE put forth clear, consistent positions that support Lambeth Palace resolutions; and (4) Lords Spiritual engaged more generally in House of Lords debates.

Copyright

© Dana Lynn Trzeciak

Campus Only

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