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A Harsh Reality – A Merciful Response

Consedine, Jim
June 4, 2015

Source: (1999) Paper presented at Reconciling and Restoring Relationships-A Responsibility for All Christians. ICCPPC World Congress. Mexico City. 13 September.

Beginning with an indictment of the retributive criminal justice system and the modern prison system, Consedine calls for the Christian Church to respond to issues of crime, law, and order with an alternative approach. This approach should express Good News. It should be based on justice, equity, fairness, and accountability. Yet it should also be guided by wisdom tempered by mercy, thus always seeking the possibility of healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation for victims and offenders. To develop this perspective, Consedine explores justice in relation to the common good and to law; biblical justice; shalom, social justice, and covenant; the New Testament and justice; and respect, mercy, forgiveness, and pardon.


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