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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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Nicholas Wolterstorff is Noah Porter Professor Emeritus ofPhilosophical Theology at Yale University. Before going toYale he was Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College inGrand Rapids, Michigan, for thirty years.Review:
John Witte Jr.— Emory University
“For the past three decades Nicholas Wolterstorff has crafted a devastating philosophical critique of and a bracing Christian alternative to John Rawls’s Theory of Justice. In this exquisite new book of political theology, he tours the perennially contested questions of eros and agape, rule and equity, discipline and mercy, responsibility and forgiveness, justice and righteousness. Learned, judicious, strikingly innovative, and crystal clear, this book has all the marks of yet another Wolterstorff classic in the making.”
— in Books and Culture
“Nicholas Wolterstorff’s Justice: Rights and Wrongs is a magisterial book. In it and in its companion volume, Justice in Love, Wolterstorff has gotten justice right.”
“Lucid, stirring, and provocative. . . . Offers a feast of insight, wisdom, and clarification.”
“A significant and important work.”
Reviews in Religion & Theology
“What has love to do with justice? In this intellectually rigorous work, one of the world’s preeminent Christian philosophers argues that a cogent view linking the two is both possible and inevitable given the claims of the Christian tradition itself. Making such an argument requires cutting through several difficult problems, a task Wolterstorff does with clarity and a respect for other views that deserves wide imitation.”
Theological Book review
“A well-researched, informative, and well-argued book. . . . This book is a must read for any Christian ethicist.”
“Wolterstorff’s writing is lucid, his insistence on uniting philosophy, theology and biblical exegesis within a single work is exemplary, and his contribution deserves to mark the debate about justice, love and forgiveness in the twenty-first century.”
“Sometimes, a book comes along that entirely reshapes consideration of a key topic in theology and philosophy. Such a book is Nicholas Wolterstorff’s Justice in Love.”
Sharing the Practice
“Nicholas Wolterstorff has written an important book that seeks to make explicit what is implicit in the liturgy. . . . Extremely helpful and worth reading closely.”
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