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. Jonathan … Continue 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 calling … Continue reading Do westerners interpret baptism too individualistically?