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Christian Justice and Public Policy

D Forrester

Christian Justice and Public Policy

D Forrester

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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.

- Publisher This book contributes to contemporary debates about justice from the perspective of Christian social ethics. Professor Forrester examines some secular theories from a theological viewpoint, and surveys the policies and practices these theories are supposed to support and justify. He argues that Christian theology, although it can no longer claim to provide a comprehensive theory of justice, can provide insights into justice that challenge some aspects of the conventional wisdom, and contribute to the building of just communities.

- Publisher

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About "Christian Justice and Public Policy"

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.
- Publisher

This book contributes to contemporary debates about justice from the perspective of Christian social ethics. Professor Forrester examines some secular theories from a theological viewpoint, and surveys the policies and practices these theories are supposed to support and justify. He argues that Christian theology, although it can no longer claim to provide a comprehensive theory of justice, can provide insights into justice that challenge some aspects of the conventional wisdom, and contribute to the building of just communities.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

D Forrester

Duncan Forrester is Professor of Theology and Public Issues, University of Edinburgh.

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Part I. Justice In Dispute: 1. Theology And Public Policy Yesterday And
  • Today
  • 2. 'nobody Knows What Justice Is': The Problem Of Justice In A Morally
  • Fragmented Society
  • Part Ii. Policies And Practices: 3. Punishment And Prisons
  • 4. Poverty
  • Part Iii. Theories And Theologies: 5. Fairness Is Not Enough
  • 6. Justice And The Market
  • 7. Communication, Gender And Justice
  • Part Iv. Theological Fragments: 8. Lively And Truthful Survivals? 9. Love,
  • Justice And Justification
  • 10. Justice And Community
  • 11. The Hope Of Justice
  • Conclusion.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 126717
  • Product Code 0521556112
  • EAN 9780521556118
  • Pages 292
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Power/politics
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Aug 1997
  • Dimensions 216 x 140 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.370kg

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