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

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Seven
Reclamation:
Justice in
an Unjust World

Our exploration of biblical images for justice in Part Two yields two dominant images. The first is the image of rescue/reticence that provides an invitation to resistance. The second is the image of rebuke/ requisition that demands redress. These images provide an important perspective on justice because they speak to the need for justice-making actions in a world of injustice. They offer pictures of such justicemaking actions on the part of oppressed and on the part of oppressors. Because of the history of injustice that dominates our world, biblical remembrance yields a different image of justice for the oppressed and for the oppressor.

But if our world is not to continue being divided into oppressed and oppressor, we need an image adequate for the “rainbow” of God's righteousness. We need an image of justice in the world that does not shrink from the realities of injustice, but does not take those realities as the final possibility. We need an image that captures both the joyous sense of release implied in liberation and also the sense of rectification of power balance implied in redress. We need an image for what justice looks like in a world full of injustice.


Release: Jubilee and External Justice

The jubilee year provides such an image:

Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to

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Table of contents

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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