Politics: Christian Restorative Justice
This painting is called Ambrose and Theodosius, by Antony Van Dyck from 1619-1620. It depicts Ambrose, bishop of Milan in the 4th century, refusing to admit Emperor Theodosius to a service. Ambrose was demanding that the Emperor repent for ordering the Massacre of Thessalonica, where 7,000 people were killed. Eight months passed. Ambrose finally admitted Theodosius only when the Emperor made a law that death sentences would require a thirty day lag before execution so as to allow reconsideration. This event was significant in the history of church-state relations. Photo credit: Unknown, public domain, Wikimedia Commons.
Christian restorative justice and god’s creation order
These resources explore God’s creation order and its meaning as God’s vision for relationships between human beings, and also between human beings and the created world.