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When Love is not Enough : A Theo-Ethic of Justice - Mary OSF Elsbernd

When Love is not Enough

A Theo-Ethic of Justice

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The Gospel call to do justice has inspired Christians to practice justice throughout the centuries. Yet popular usage associates justice with the legal system, due process, or with fair treatment in ways that are not helpful to Christian practitioners and ministers of justice. When Love Is Not Enoughaddresses the practice of justice at the dawn of the new millennium through the lens of eight dilemmas that confront Christians in their daily efforts to do justice.

After an initial description and analysis of these eight specific dilemmas that impact the Christian understanding and practice of justice, When Love Is Not Enough draws on the experience of practitioners of justice; the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures; Catholic Social Teachings; and contemporary theories of justice to develop a comprehensive approach to justice based on faith.

Chapter one introduces the dilemmas in contemporary justice that reflect a theological, eschatological, sacramental, and ethical worldview. Chapter two traces the theological framework of justice through the experience of ministers and practitioners of justice. Chapter three looks at the theological framework of justice in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, while chapter four examines the theological framework of justice in Catholic Social Teachings. Chapter five draws upon contemporary and classical theories of justice, showing justice as a historically evolving practice. Chapter six examines the anthropological, theological, and sacramental contexts for justice as participation in the human community. Chapter seven outlines how justice as participation in the human community is built around seven important points. The final chapter illustrates how justice as participation can sort out some just practices that respond to the eight initial dilemmas.

Chapters are Contemporary Dilemmas of Justice," *Justice and its Theological Framework in the Experience of Ministers and Practitioners of Justice, - *Justice and its Theological Framework in the Hebrew and in the Christian Scriptures, - *Justice and its Theological Framework in Catholic Social Teachings, - *Contemporary, Classic Theories of Justice, - *The Contexts of Justice as Participation in the Human Community, - *Justice as Participation in the Human Community, - and *The Practice of Justice as Participation in the Human Community. -

Mary Elsbernd, OSF, STD, is associate professor of pastoral studies in social ethics at Loyola University, Chicago. She is also the director of the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University, Chicago.

Fr. Reimund Bieringer, STD, is associate professor of New Testament exegesis and biblical Greek at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

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Elsbernd and Bieringer provide the core theological and scriptural grounding necessary for students, teachers and justice practitioners to develop an articulation of an image of God which can bring people to a conversion for justice.Tom Garlitz, St. Clarles Borromeo Pastoral Center, Romeoville, Illinois
I recommend this text for teachers, undergraduate or graduate, as an effective learning tool. Clearly and precisely it lays out situations, theories, and practical responses to problems that few texts have done.Catholic Studies
Those looking for a text for graduate students or upper-level undergraduates would do well to consider this fine work.Theological Studies
This book takes the concept of justice and traces it through contemporary experiences, scripture, official writings, and classic theories. The book moves the question of justice forward by offering a new understanding, interpretation, and practices of justice. It is a book that could be well used by a parish discussion group to a college professor.The Catholic Journalist

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Contemporary Experiences of Justicep. 1
Case Study: A Chance Encounterp. 1
Case Study: Encountering Powerlessnessp. 3
Case Study: Habits of the Hearthp. 5
Case Study: Hospitality in Diversityp. 7
Case Study: Passionate Communityp. 10
Case Study: Inviting the World Homep. 11
Case Study: The Faith Differencep. 13
Concluding Themes and Issuesp. 15
The Experience of Ministers and Practitioners of Justicep. 17
A Portrait of the Survey Respondentsp. 18
Images of God and Justice in Previous Researchp. 20
Images of God and Justice in the Voices of Practitioners of Justicep. 23
Authentic Human Living and Justice in the Voices of Practitioners of Justicep. 31
Justice in the Voices of Practitioners of Justicep. 34
Conclusionp. 38
Justice in the Scripturesp. 41
Justice in the Hebrew Scripturesp. 41
Justice in Paul and in the Synoptic Gospelsp. 46
Justice in the Gospel of Johnp. 50
Conclusionp. 80
Justice in Catholic Social Teachingsp. 83
A Theological Framework for Justicep. 83
An Anthropological Framework for Justicep. 88
Justice in Catholic Social Teachingsp. 92
Conclusionp. 106
Classic Contemporary Theories of Justicep. 109
Justice as Duty and Obligation (Catholic Social Teachings)p. 110
Justice as Lawp. 113
Justice as Restraint of Self-Interest (Reinhold Niebuhr)p. 116
Justice as Fairness (John Rawls)p. 121
Justice as Fair Process (Robert Nozick)p. 125
Justice as Virtue (Alasdair MacIntyre)p. 129
Justice as Socially Constructed (Michael Walzer)p. 135
Justice as Liberation (Feminist and Liberationist Authors)p. 139
Conclusionp. 143
The Context for Justice as Participationp. 145
An Anthropological Context for an Ethic of Justice as Participationp. 146
A Theological Context for an Ethic of Justice as Participationp. 149
A Sacramental Context for an Ethic of Justice as Participationp. 153
Vision as a Context for an Ethic of Justice as Participationp. 154
Normativity of the Futurep. 158
Conclusionp. 160
Justice as Participation in the Human Communityp. 161
Justice as Participation in the Human Communityp. 163
Ten Comparative Pointsp. 180
Values and Justice as Participationp. 182
Mediating Principles and Justice as Participationp. 182
Conclusionp. 185
The Practices of Justicep. 187
Case Study: A Chance Encounterp. 187
Case Study: Encountering Powerlessnessp. 191
Case Study: Habits of the Hearthp. 195
Case Study: Hospitality in Diversityp. 198
Case Study: Passionate Communityp. 203
Case Study: Inviting the World Homep. 206
Case Study: The Faith Differencep. 210
Conclusionp. 213
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9780814659601
ISBN-10: 0814659608
Series: Theology
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st January 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.41