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The Roots of Restorative Justice in the Christian Faith Tradition

Heise, Evan
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) In Restorative justice: A Christian perspective, ed. Rod Carter. Kingston, Ontario: Restorative Justice Program, Queens Theological College. Pp. 19-22.

Evan Heise states that restorative justice practice in Canada and the United States is firmly rooted in the Christian faith tradition. This tradition arise from the Law and the Prophets of the Old Testament, the teachings of Jesus, and the understanding and practice of the early church. On this basis, Heise presents and examines several roots of restorative justice in that tradition: covenant law; true worship; the wrath of God, suffering, and forgiveness; God’s community; and community justice and biblical justice.


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