Tag: Justice

Making the nation great again?

Making the nation great again?

by Jonathan Tame, 10th November 2016. One of Donald Trump’s rallying cries in his election campaign was the commitment to ‘make America great again’.  It remains to be seen what that will constitute in terms of policy goals or outcomes, but since so many evangelicals voted for Trump, it’s worth reminding ourselves what national greatness […]

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Conscience & the common good by Jon Thompson

Conscience & the common good by Jon Thompson

The Christian’s conscience is increasingly set in opposition to some of the values and political aims of wider Western culture. This fact is evidenced by an increase in ‘conscience cases’, where Christians are sued or dismissed for acting in accordance with their conscience.

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God, Justice, and Society book by Jonathan Burnside

God, Justice, and Society book by Jonathan Burnside

Any book on Biblical Law that manages to work into its chapter sub-headings the titles of contemporary films, tv programmes and the title of a Pink Floyd track has surely got to be worth a look? God, Justice and Society is written by Dr Jonathan Burnside who is Reader in Biblical Law at Bristol University. […]

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TBA: the Environment

TBA: the Environment

Thinking Biblically About… The Environment. When we talk about caring for the environment, the context for people in higher-income countries is almost always our own wellbeing. Generally speaking, the environment is a means to an ends for us, and we protect it for the same reasons we treat any of our possessions well. Whether it’s […]

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Immigration and Justice

Immigration and Justice

Local churches can be a powerful force to help change the debate on immigration in Britain. Over the last few years, and especially in the run up to the 2015 general election, public opinion has been divided over the impact of immigration on jobs, welfare and social cohesion. Cries of ‘It’s not fair!’ abound on […]

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Israel, Gaza and the struggle for a just peace

Israel, Gaza and the struggle for a just peace

Philip Powell writes (on July 31st), “Israel began Operation Protective Edge against the Hamas militants in the Gaza strip on 8 July. Since then over 1,400 Palestinians have been killed, mostly civilians, including hundreds of teenagers and young children. Also 58 Israelis have been killed – 56 soldiers and two civilians.”

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Biblical lament and political protest by Andrew Williams

Biblical lament and political protest by Andrew Williams

This paper considers the pastoral and political role of biblical lament in the Christian life. The theology and practice of lament is often neglected in congregations, despite its prominence in the biblical text. Such neglect deprives churches of a pastoral resource and moreover, as this paper highlights, diminishes the church’s capacity for prophetic critique and political activism in the face of social injustice.

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Assessing the government’s new immigration bill

Assessing the government’s new immigration bill

by Andrew Scott On the 10th October, the Coalition government introduced a new immigration bill, with its main aim of tackling illegal immigration. It aims to make it easier to identify illegal immigrants by extending powers to search for passports, to examine fingerprints and to implement embarkation controls. The bill will cut the number of […]

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It’s not fair!

It’s not fair!

by Guy Brandon Justice… or mercy? ‘A future fair for all.’ ‘Building a fairer Britain.’ ‘We’re all in this together.’ Since the scale of the economic challenges facing the country became clearer in the run-up to the last election, the question has repeatedly arisen: who will suffer most when times are tough? Each party has […]

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Book Review: God, Justice and Society by Jonathan Burnside

Book Review: God, Justice and Society by Jonathan Burnside

Any book on Biblical Law that manages to work into its chapter sub-headings the titles of contemporary films, tv programmes and the title of a Pink Floyd track has surely got to be worth a look? God, Justice and Society is written by Dr Jonathan Burnside who is Reader in Biblical Law at Bristol University. […]

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Book Review: Generous Justice by Timothy Keller

Book Review: Generous Justice by Timothy Keller

Reviewed by Mary Brown In Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just, Tim Keller lays out the biblical call to social justice. He presents a clear and convincing biblical exegesis from the Old Testament, especially Leviticus and Deuteronomy, the teachings of Jesus in the gospel accounts, and the practice of the early church as […]

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The working prison

The working prison

by John Hayward It is sixteen years since Jubilee Centre published Relational Justice: A Reform Dynamic For Criminal Justice, during which time the prison population has increased from around 49,000 to 85,227 (as at December 3rd). In fact, England and Wales has the second highest prison population in Western Europe, at 155 per 100,000 population […]

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Thinking Relationally about Justice by Jonathan Burnside

Thinking Relationally about Justice by Jonathan Burnside

Author of God Justice and Society, Jonathan Burnside concludes the 2010 series of three London Lectures by ‘Thinking Relationally about Justice’.

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Why drag God into Justice and Society? by Jonathan Burnside

Why drag God into Justice and Society? by Jonathan Burnside

Legal scholar Dr Jonathan Burnside talks about his new book, God, Justice and Society.

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Isn’t Leviticus irrelevant in today’s society? by Jonathan Burnside

Isn’t Leviticus irrelevant in today’s society? by Jonathan Burnside

Legal scholar Jonathan Burnside makes the case for the continued relevance of Leviticus, from the criminal justice system to the X-factor. To explore further, download Jonathan’s reports Consent versus Community, The status and welfare of immigrants and Relational Justice from the Resources section of this website.

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What’s wrong with equality legislation? by Julian Rivers

What’s wrong with equality legislation? by Julian Rivers

Professor Julian Rivers discusses problems caused by equality legislation. Also see his Cambridge Paper, Three principles for Christian citizens

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Jubilee Centre: The Movie

Jubilee Centre: The Movie

The Jubilee Centre has always sought to demonstrate the relevance of the West’s biblical heritage to the challenges facing modern society. To mark our silver jubilee and as we look ahead to how we might best help shape society in the coming twenty-five years, the Jubilee Centre has released a two-minute video introducing its work […]

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Rethinking Relational Justice by Michael Schluter

Rethinking Relational Justice by Michael Schluter

Michael Schluter, September 2006 Robert left Anne and his three children – to go and live with his new girlfriend in a flat nearby. The relationship with Anne had not always been easy, and he had fallen in love with a secretary at work. They had grown close over time and he finally decided he […]

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Victim chic? The rhetoric of victimhood by Michael Ovey

Victim chic? The rhetoric of victimhood by Michael Ovey

  Summary The rhetoric of victimhood allows us to cast ourselves without qualification as victims, or as saviours of victims, while dramatising our chosen opponents as demonic without qualification. This paper outlines how we sometimes use the role of victim. It analyses the spiritual dangers of manufacturing such blanket identities in relation to usurping God […]

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A prophetic vision of justice

A prophetic vision of justice

David McIlroy, September 2004 One of the joys and frustrations of the English language is the size of its vocabulary. This enables us to make distinctions and to highlight nuances which might be lost elsewhere but sometimes it leads to compartmentalization. In particular, this has happened with the concept of ‘tsedeq‘, a hebrew word which […]

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