Do we think too oppositionally about Retributive Justice and Restorative Justice?

Should we assume that retribution and restoration are opposed concepts? Commonly they are defined thus: retributive justice is a system of criminal justice based on the punishment of offenders rather than on rehabilitation; restorative justice is a system of criminal justice which focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large. JonathanContinue reading “Do we think too oppositionally about Retributive Justice and Restorative Justice?”

Practicing reconciliation between Muslims and Christians

As a moderator of the The Christian-Muslim Interfaith Bridge it shouldn’t be any surprise that I’m interested in how we practically practice (yes, I know I’m verging on tautology) reconciliation between Muslims and Christians. Recently I came across these comments in Peace-Building by, between, and beyond Muslims and Evangelical Christians by Mohammed Abu-Nimer and David Augsburger (Editors):Continue reading “Practicing reconciliation between Muslims and Christians”

Do westerners interpret baptism too individualistically?

“He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” (Luke 3:3) If we recall that the exile and ongoing oppression of Israel was understood by the prophets to be a consequence of the collective sin of Israel, then is it possible that John was callingContinue reading “Do westerners interpret baptism too individualistically?”