Christian ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain dies at 72

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Christian ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain, a public intellectual who shaped national conversations on war and peace from her perch at the University of Chicago, has died at age 72. Photo courtesy University of Chicago

Christian ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain, a public intellectual who shaped national conversations on war and peace from her perch at the University of Chicago, has died at age 72. Photo courtesy University of Chicago

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(RNS) Widely admired ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain regularly wrote and lectured on ethics, politics and religion but was routinely criticized by other theologians for her position on Iraq.