Christian Justice and Public Policy

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This book contributes to contemporary debates about justice from the angle of Christian social ethics. Professor Forrester examines some secular theories from a theological angle, 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 which challenge some aspects of the conventional wisdom, and contribute to the building of just ...
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Overview

This book contributes to contemporary debates about justice from the angle of Christian social ethics. Professor Forrester examines some secular theories from a theological angle, 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 which challenge some aspects of the conventional wisdom, and contribute to the building of just communities.
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"Forrester's valuable book is about the practice of justice, both in its theoretical elaboration and application in public policy. ...Forrester's work is an excellent resource for both seminary and graduate-level religious studies courses in terms of the breadth of sources discussed as well as for critical reflection on justice and the role of religion in the public square." Religious Studies Review
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Table of Contents

General editors' preface
Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I Justice in Dispute 7
1 Theology and public policy yesterday and today 9
2 'Nobody knows what justice is': the problem of justice in a morally fragmented society 38
Pt. II Policies and Practices 61
3 Punishment and prisons 63
4 Poverty 86
Pt. III Theories and Theologies 111
5 Fairness is not enough 113
6 Justice and the market 140
7 Communication, gender and justice 165
Pt. IV Theological Fragments 193
8 Lively and truthful survivals? 195
9 Love, justice and justification 205
10 Justice and community 230
11 The hope of justice 246
Select bibliography 260
Subject index 269
Name index 272
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