© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156973209X438256 International Journal of Public Th eology 3 (2009) 281–298 brill.nl/ijpt Justice Anchored in Truth: A Th eological Perspective on the Nature and Implementation of Justice Th orwald Lorenzen Charles Sturt University, Australia Abstract I propose that a theological perspective makes a constructive and creative contribution to the global struggle for justice. Christian theology recognizes other theories of jus- tice, but at the same time suggests that the struggle for justice is enhanced by providing an ontological foundation for and speciﬁ c content to justice. Th e Hebrew Bible, Jesus of Nazareth and the earliest Christian communities located justice in God and God’s relationship to the world. Jesus’ engagement for justice raised opposition and led to his cruciﬁ xion; yet, according to the biblical accounts God validated Jesus’ vision by rais- ing him from the dead, and God’s Spirit keeps the story of Jesus alive in the world by empowering humans in their struggle for the implementation of justice. Keywords justice, equality, partiality, freedom, liberation, praxis, judgement Introduction Justice and truth are not the same, but they need each other. 1 Th ey need to be interrelated; otherwise ‘things’ may go
International Journal of Public Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: PRAXIS; LIBERATION; JUSTICE; JUDGEMENT; FREEDOM; PARTIALITY; EQUALITY
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