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.

Christian Restorative Justice and God’s Creation Order

christian restorative justice areas of application

Government Corruption

Christian Ethics, Public Integrity, and the Public Good

The Church and International Relations

Exploring the Hardest Tension

Church and Empire

Faithfulness and Compromise