Justice in An Unjust World: Foundations for a Christian Approach to Justice

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Ramifications:
Implications for a
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Review: The Path from Injustice to Justice

In the preceding chapters, I have tried to tread a path from the realities of injustice in our world toward an image and an approach to justice. Because injustice is our lived reality, it is the beginning point. Injustices are many: rape, racism, repression, robbery, rhetoric, removal, and ruination. No approach to justice will be adequate unless it confronts these multiple forms of injustice.

But how, then, are we to approach justice? I have adopted here the twofold formula of historical consciousness and biblical remembrance. Historical consciousness requires that we name and claim the injustices in the world. This I have done—admittedly in fragmentary and incomplete form—in Part One.

Biblical remembrance then requires that we search for biblical stories that illumine the proper response to such injustices. This was the task of Part Two. In it, we find that the biblical response has two aspects, which are two sides of the same coin: God's response to injustice on one side and human response to injustice on the other. But human response must be divided, for injustice has the effect of dividing the world into oppressed and oppressors: “the game continues and now the world has divided itself into oppressors and oppressed.”1 Although God's intentions are best imaged in the covenant of righteousness, we

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • Contents 5
  • Preface 7
  • Part One: Jeopardy 9
  • One - Rupture: the Reign of Injustice 10
  • Two - Rue: Christian Complicity 38
  • Three - Ruminations: on Ethical Method in an Unjust World 51
  • Part Two: Justice 69
  • Four - Righteousness: Injustice and God 70
  • Five - Resistance: Injustice and the Oppressed 86
  • Six - Redress: Injustice and the Oppressor 103
  • Part Three: Jubilee 121
  • Seven - Reclamation: Justice in an Unjust World 122
  • Eight - Renovation: from Injustice to Justice 136
  • Nine - Ramifications: Implications for a Theory of Justice 148
  • Notes 161
  • Index 189
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