Sources of Christian Restorative Justice

Scripture and Exposition

A bound set of New Testament manuscripts.  Photo credit:  Atlantios, Creative Commons Zero. 


sources of Christian restorative justice: scripture

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.

Messages and Essays on Christian Restorative Justice and God’s Creation Order in Scripture

White American Evangelical Political Attitudes and Behavior: Explanation and Correctives (Emmanuel Gospel Center, Apr 18, 2018) White American evangelical political attitudes can be characterized by the debate between John Winthrop and Roger Williams, and their respective attitudes towards Native Americans, slavery, fairness, and faith in the civic space.  This is a presentation also explores Scripture and church history to argue that Roger Williams was correct; audio file here

Relational Economic Justice (The Christian Century, Apr 12, 2016) a short article introducing how Western Enlightenment political philosophy is faulty for starting from an individualistic standpoint

The Heart of Christian Restorative Justice in the Heart of God (ppts) (video) (Eastern Nazarene College on Feb 6, 2013) a 35 minute chapel service talk highlighting the four types of justice

Four Types of Justice: Meritocratic, Distributive, Libertarian, Restorative - Which is Jesus' Definition?  an examination of the four types of justice from a biblical standpoint, and the personal dimension interpreting sin as obstruction of justice through the corruption of human nature, and Jesus as healing human nature in himself, and therefore establishing divine restorative justice

Christian Restorative Justice: Beyond Charity - God's Restorative Justice for Children and Families (ppts) (Boston Chinese Evangelical Church, 2014) an introduction to Christian history elevating and protecting children; an examination of the four types of justice with regards to children's issues such as public education and health

Christian Restorative Justice: Financial Reform (ppts) (video) (New Hope Fellowship Baltimore, MD, May 2015) a sermon exploring the biblical commands against interest rate lending, and important financial reforms that we need today

Christian Restorative Justice: Introduction and Application to Mass Incarceration and the New Jim Crow (ppts) (video) (Reality San Francisco, May 9, 2016) an hour+ long presentation in two parts:  the four types of justice in Scripture; and connections to Michelle Alexander's book The New Jim Crow

Christian Restorative Justice: Introduction and Application to Mass Incarceration and the New Jim Crow (shorter version, ppts)

Christian Restorative Justice: The Urgency and the Possibilities (ppts) (Emmanuel Gospel Center, Jun 14, 2017) an introduction to the four types of justice, pointing to NHI curriculum in criminal justice and food/environment

Christian Restorative Justice in Anti-Trafficking, in Scripture, and Beyond (ppts) (International Christian Alliance on Prostitution / Route One Ministries Conference in Boston on Sep 12, 2018) a presentation given in a workshop explores recent application of restorative practices in the prosecuting of former traffickers.  It highlights what we can learn and apply in other fields, both in evangelism and social justice ministry, as well as in the interpretation of Scripture.

Christian Restorative Justice: Slavery in the Early Church (ppts) a foundation for understanding how Christian faith results in abolitionism. See also Slavery in Christianity, Part 1: Slavery in the Bible, Slavery Today (and ppt), and Slavery in Christianity, Part 2: Abolitionism from the First to Fifteenth Century, and Slavery in Christianity - Worksheet

Christian Restorative Justice: A Response to American Christian-Libertarian Syncretism (essay)

Whose Justice?  Post-Katrina New Orleans and the Four Types of Justice part 1 and part 2

What's More Important to God? Individual or Social Order? (and ppt)

Human Dignity: Does Every Individual Matter?

The Role of Jesus in Revolution and the Pursuit of Justice

The Impact of Jesus (and ppt) about the role Christian faith played in history

Pearl Harbor and September 11th, 2001, written Sep 16, 2001

The Creation Order and Jesus' Vision for Marriage: Matthew 19:1 - 12

Whose Family? Which Union?  Reflections on Scripture, Human Sexuality and God's Purposes

The Creation Order and Jesus' Ethic of Radical Sharing: Matthew 19:13 - 30 

sources of christian restorative justice

These resources explore the foundation of Christian restorative justice as the best understanding of the Bible, and the original understanding of the church, in regards to Christian political action. There are also links to books, web articles, etc. from representatives of the three broad Christian traditions.