When Love Is Not Enough: A Theo-Ethic of Justice

When Love Is Not Enough: A Theo-Ethic of Justice

by Mary OSF Elsbernd, Reimund Bieringer

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When Love Is Not Enough: A Theo-Ethic of Justice by Mary OSF Elsbernd, Reimund Bieringer

Catholic Press Association Award Winner!

The Gospel call to do justice has inspired Christians to practice justice throughout the centuries. Yet popular usage associates justice with the legal system, due process, or with fair treatment in ways that are not helpful to Christian practitioners and ministers of justice. When Love Is Not Enoughaddresses the practice of justice at the dawn of the new millennium through the lens of eight dilemmas that confront Christians in their daily efforts to do justice.

After an initial description and analysis of these eight specific dilemmas that impact the Christian understanding and practice of justice, When Love Is Not Enough draws on the experience of practitioners of justice; the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures; Catholic Social Teachings; and contemporary theories of justice to develop a comprehensive approach to justice based on faith.

Chapter one introduces the dilemmas in contemporary justice that reflect a theological, eschatological, sacramental, and ethical worldview. Chapter two traces the theological framework of justice through the experience of ministers and practitioners of justice. Chapter three looks at the theological framework of justice in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, while chapter four examines the theological framework of justice in Catholic Social Teachings. Chapter five draws upon contemporary and classical theories of justice, showing justice as a historically evolving practice. Chapter six examines the anthropological, theological, and sacramental contexts for justice as participation in the human community. Chapter seven outlines how justice as participation in the human community is built around seven important points. The final chapter illustrates how justice as participation can sort out some just practices that respond to the eight initial dilemmas.

Chapters are Contemporary Dilemmas of Justice," *Justice and its Theological Framework in the Experience of Ministers and Practitioners of Justice, - *Justice and its Theological Framework in the Hebrew and in the Christian Scriptures, - *Justice and its Theological Framework in Catholic Social Teachings, - *Contemporary, Classic Theories of Justice, - *The Contexts of Justice as Participation in the Human Community, - *Justice as Participation in the Human Community, - and *The Practice of Justice as Participation in the Human Community. -

Mary Elsbernd, OSF, STD, is associate professor of pastoral studies in social ethics at Loyola University, Chicago. She is also the director of the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University, Chicago.

Fr. Reimund Bieringer, STD, is associate professor of New Testament exegesis and biblical Greek at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814659601
Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author


Mary Elsbernd, OSF, STD, is associate professor of pastoral studies in social ethics at Loyola University, Chicago. She is also the director of the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University, Chicago.

Fr. Reimund Bieringer, STD, is associate professor of New Testament exegesis and biblical Greek at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Abbreviationsxiii
Introductionxv
1.Contemporary Experiences of Justice1
Case Study: A Chance Encounter1
Case Study: Encountering Powerlessness3
Case Study: Habits of the Hearth5
Case Study: Hospitality in Diversity7
Case Study: Passionate Community10
Case Study: Inviting the World Home11
Case Study: The Faith Difference13
Concluding Themes and Issues15
2.The Experience of Ministers and Practitioners of Justice17
A Portrait of the Survey Respondents18
Images of God and Justice in Previous Research20
Images of God and Justice in the Voices of Practitioners of Justice23
Authentic Human Living and Justice in the Voices of Practitioners of Justice31
Justice in the Voices of Practitioners of Justice34
Conclusion38
3.Justice in the Scriptures41
Justice in the Hebrew Scriptures41
Justice in Paul and in the Synoptic Gospels46
Justice in the Gospel of John50
Conclusion80
4.Justice in Catholic Social Teachings83
A Theological Framework for Justice83
An Anthropological Framework for Justice88
Justice in Catholic Social Teachings92
Conclusion106
5.Classic Contemporary Theories of Justice109
Justice as Duty and Obligation (Catholic Social Teachings)110
Justice as Law113
Justice as Restraint of Self-Interest (Reinhold Niebuhr)116
Justice as Fairness (John Rawls)121
Justice as Fair Process (Robert Nozick)125
Justice as Virtue (Alasdair MacIntyre)129
Justice as Socially Constructed (Michael Walzer)135
Justice as Liberation (Feminist and Liberationist Authors)139
Conclusion143
6.The Context for Justice as Participation145
An Anthropological Context for an Ethic of Justice as Participation146
A Theological Context for an Ethic of Justice as Participation149
A Sacramental Context for an Ethic of Justice as Participation153
Vision as a Context for an Ethic of Justice as Participation154
Normativity of the Future158
Conclusion160
7.Justice as Participation in the Human Community161
Justice as Participation in the Human Community163
Ten Comparative Points180
Values and Justice as Participation182
Mediating Principles and Justice as Participation182
Conclusion185
8.The Practices of Justice187
Case Study: A Chance Encounter187
Case Study: Encountering Powerlessness191
Case Study: Habits of the Hearth195
Case Study: Hospitality in Diversity198
Case Study: Passionate Community203
Case Study: Inviting the World Home206
Case Study: The Faith Difference210
Conclusion213
Bibliography215
Index223

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