Christian Justice and Public Policy

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 28, 1997 - Religion - 274 pages
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Disagreements about justice are not simply academic matters. They create problems for practice and for policy-making. In a morally fragmented society in which 'nobody knows what justice is' issues such as wages policy, punishment and poverty become particularly difficult to handle. People striving to act justly are often uncertain how this might be done. Secular theories such as those of Rowls, Hayek, Habermas and modern feminist theorists, examined here, give some guidance for problems of justice that arise on the ground, but have serious limitations. This book argues that Christian theology, although it can no longer claim to provide a comprehensive theory of justice, can provide insights into justice - 'theological fragments' - which give illumination, challenge some aspects of the conventional wisdom, and contribute to the building of just communities in which people may flourish in mutuality and hope.
 

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Contents

Theology and Public yesterday and today
9
Nobody knows what justice is the problem of justice in a morally fragmented society
38
POLICIES AND PRACTICES
61
Punishment and prisons
63
Poverty
86
THEORIES AND THEOLOGIES
111
Fairness is not enough
113
Justice and the market
140
THEOLOGICAL FRAGMENTS
193
Lively and truthful survivals?
195
Love justice and justification
205
Justice and community
230
The hope of justice
246
Select bibliography
260
Subject index
269
Name index
272

Communication gender and justice
165

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Page vii - He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

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