A reminder of what’s worth saving
Elizabeth Weinberg’s call to climate action highlights the interconnection of all things.
Pure justice is an idol
Atop the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, Lady Justice presides over a long history of injustices.
by Samuel Wells
Can John Rawls help Christians understand justice?
Two new monographs provide religious entry points into the political philosopher’s thought.
Christian peacemaking and the role of forgiveness
Seeking justice is critical. Is it enough?
How fighting for human rights can lead to idolatry
Rights are good, argues theological ethicist Nigel Biggar, but they are not the only good things.
Kindness, kinship, and the boundaries of justice
by Amy Peterson
Take & read: New books in ethics
What does hope look like in the face of racism?
selected by Jonathan Tran
The work of reconstruction, 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.
Of the many absurdities around race and hatred that still exist in our culture, Trump may be the least of them.
Is forbearance amid disagreement a Christian virtue?
We should forebear one another—not to ensure church unity, but because God forebears us.
God is. . . Black?
Love is always vulnerable and yet will never be trumped.
Are open borders the most ethical approach to immigration?
David Miller’s book doesn’t offer policy solutions. It does help us think clearly.
Why we need anger
Martha Nussbaum says we don't. She's wrong.
Thinking about justice two years after Ferguson
Need to confess
The whole church needs to encounter the courage and truthfulness of the fact that God created us good, to love and be loved.
by Brian Bantum
Another moment of reckoning
American Christianity has faced theological-political crises before. Repeatedly, visions of what is possible for the nation have fallen short of reality. In the past, periods of change pushed faithful people to reconsider what they believed, not only about the nation but also about the meaning of God’s call to justice. In each critical moment, for good or ill, Americans altered their religious views, and the horizon of what was possible expanded or contracted.
In revolutionary America, disunity resulted from debates over whether faith required obedience to the king or a revolt.
Can hunger end?
The binding constraint on progress against hunger and malnutrition is weak political commitment.
Transformed by Spirit-Chi
The Spirit’s loving, life-giving, transformative power—Divine Eros—connects us, moves within us, and can heal the wounds of our division.
Immanuel is the agenda
What humankind needs is a love that sticks around, a love that stays put, a love that hangs on. That’s what the cross is.
Shaping Public Theology, by Max L. Stackhouse
The essays in this volume provide an accessible and comprehensive introduction to Max Stackhouse's thought, and they raise provocative questions about how we are constructing public theology today.
reviewed by Robin Lovin
Unjust policies #BlackLivesMatter
“Those who enact unjust policies are as good as dead,
those who are always instituting unfair regulations,
to keep the poor from getting fair treatment. . ."