A justice system oriented mainly toward punishing offenders can have tragic consequences.
Maybe it’s because I’m Japanese-American that I feel skeptical reading Western political philosophy. When were we ever born as free individuals into a state of nature, as Locke and Rousseau asserted? I’ve always believed that we’re born into families, with binding ties, benefits, and obligations. The Bible affirms that relationships are not merely social constructs for us to make and break as we choose.
Some questions won't go away. The creed says Jesus was crucified "for us," but what do those two little words mean? What good is the cross?