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Scriptural Basis of Restorative Justice

Carter, Rod
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) Restorative justice: A Christian perspective, ed. Rod Carter, Kingston, Ontario: Queen’s Theological College, Restorative Justice Program.

There are a number of Scriptural bases for restorative justice. This article covers some of those bases: the promise of a new covenant; the old law and the new; being put right with God; a ministry of reconciliation; the story of the prodigal son; and the significance of Jesus as the foundation for deliverance and salvation. Each idea is explicated through a Scriptural passage or passages, then commentary and reflection on the Scripture. Also included in the article is a letter written by Rod Carter’s parents to the National Parole Board in Canada; it expresses both their acknowledgment of Rod’s actions and their commitment to support him in his efforts to turn his life around.


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