Justice in Love

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Love and justice have long been prominent themes in the moral culture of the West, yet they are often considered to be deeply at odds with one another. In this book acclaimed Christian philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff argues that the commonly perceived tension between justice and love reveals something faulty in our understanding of each.

This paperback publication adds a new preface and Scripture index to the original hardcover edition. Building upon Wolterstorff's expansive discussion of justice in his magisterial Justice: Rights and Wrongs and thoughtfully engaging alternative views, this book focuses in profound ways on the complex yet ultimately harmonious relation between justice and love.

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Editorial Reviews

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Jean Bethke Elshtain
“In this brilliant work Nicholas Wolterstorff does what many thought impossible: he brings fresh insights to a debate that long ago grew stale and predictable. Justice in Love is exemplary in its clarity and balance.”

Robin W. Lovin
“Anyone interested in Christian ethics will find new possibilities here, not only in relation to moral philosophy but also for pastoral care and political life.”

“A rich, fertile and penetrating work. . . . Offers a major contribution of philosophical theology in the service of a key issue for both personal Christian discipleship and public life.”

“A nice blend of rigorous analytical thinking and casual writing. Wolterstorff sprinkles his philosophical examination with pertinent and telling examples from everyday life. . . . Highly recommended.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802866158
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 545,501
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Wolterstorff is Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale University and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. His many other books include The God We Worship, Lament for a Son, Divine Discourse, and Justice: Rights and Wrongs.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Part 1 Benevolence-Agapism

Chapter 2 Modern Day Agapism 21

Chapter 3 Classical Modern Day Agapism on the Relation of Love to Justice 41

Chapter 4 Irony and Impossibility in Classical Modern Day Agapism 50

Chapter 5 Niebuhr's Non-Classical Agapism 62

Part 2 Care-Agapism

Chapter 6 Justice as Love 75

Chapter 7 What Is Justice? 85

Chapter 8 Beginning to Rethink Love 93

Chapter 9 Love as Care 101

Chapter 10 Do Motivations Matter? 110

Chapter 11 Rules of Application for Care 119

Chapter 12 Correcting Two Impressions 134

Chapter 13 Is Care-Agapism Too Easy? 139

Chapter 14 Love, Justice, and the Good 142

Part 3 Just and Unjust Love

Chapter 15 What Is Forgiveness? 161

Chapter 16 How the Recognition of Forgiveness Came about and What's Its Point? 178

Chapter 17 Does Forgiveness Violate Justice? 191

Chapter 18 Just and Unjust Generosity 207

Chapter 19 Just and Unjust Paternalism 221

Part 4 The Justice of God's Love

Chapter 20 The Justice of God's Generosity in Romans 243

Chapter 21 What Is Justification and Is It Just? 257

Index 283

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