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Christian Justice and Public Policy

Christian Justice and Public Policy


Part of Cambridge Studies in Ideology and Religion

  • Date Published: September 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521556118

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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.

    • Relates issues of theory to practice and policies, and examines how these affect people and communities
    • Explores Christian insights into justice and suggests their relevance to issues of practice and theory
    • Examines justice as a practical issue, and so is of interest to policy-makers and professionals
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    '… avoids the academicism of much political theory by demonstrating how concepts of justice actually shape public policy. It will thus be valuable not only for Christians working in social and political theory but also for those involved in the policy-making process. [A] profound and seasoned account.' Third Way

    '… a magesterial study which will surely become a standard work … Forrester has made me see … the real contribution that can be made by feminist critiques'. Church Times

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521556118
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Author

    Duncan B. Forrester, University of Edinburgh

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