Justice in Love

Justice in Love

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An eminent Christian philosopher's take on justice, rights, wrongs -- and what love has to do with it all

Love and justice have long been prominent themes in the moral culture of the West, yet they are often considered to be almost hopelessly at odds with one another. In this book acclaimed Christian philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff shows that justice and love are at heart perfectly compatible, and he argues that the commonly perceived tension between them reveals something faulty in our understanding of each. True benevolent love, he says, is always attentive to justice, and love that wreaks injustice can only ever be "malformed love."

Wolterstorff's Justice in Love is a welcome companion and follow-up volume to his magnificentJustice: Rights and Wrongs (Princeton, 2010). Building upon his expansive discussion of justice in that earlier work and charitably engaging alternative views, this book focuses in profound new ways on the complex yet ultimately harmonious relation between justice and love.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 13.72mm | 435.45g
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0802872948
  • 9780802872944
  • 555,491

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Pro Rege
"Serves as an excellent primer for understanding the complexities of the relationship of love and justice, both philosophically and practically. . . . Beneficial to Christian theorists and practitioners alike in developing an ethic of justice, self-love, and world engagement."

Andrews University Seminary Studies
"Offers vital insight. . . . Serves to give Christians a new perspective on a subject we too often neglect to reflect upon."

Jean Bethke Elshtain
"In this brilliant work Nicholas Wolterstorff does what many thought impossible: he brings fresh insights to a debate that long ago grew stale and predictable. Justice in Love is exemplary in its clarity and balance."

Robin W. Lovin
"Anyone interested in Christian ethics will find new possibilities here, not only in relation to moral philosophy but also for pastoral care and political life."

"A rich, fertile and penetrating work. . . . Offers a major contribution of philosophical theology in the service of a key issue for both personal Christian discipleship and public life."

"A nice blend of rigorous analytical thinking and casual writing. Wolterstorff sprinkles his philosophical examination with pertinent and telling examples from everyday life. . . . Highly recommended."

"A significant and important work."
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