Source: (2000) In Spiritual roots of restorative justice: A collection of faith community perspectives, 13-18. Ontario, Canada: Ontario Multifaith Council on Spiritual & Religious Care.

In this essay, Evan Heise states that restorative justice practice in Canada and the United States is rooted in the Christian tradition. This tradition is rooted in the Law and Prophets of the Old Testament, the teachings of Jesus, and the understanding and practice of the early Church. To explicate the sources of restorative justice in this tradition, Heise examines the covenant law of the Old testament and the teachings of Jesus; God’s wrath, punishment, and retribution in relation to the gospel of grace; and secular and Biblical conceptions of community, with emphasis on community in relation to restorative justice and the Kingdom of God.