June 18, 2021 Editor

Compassionate Justice: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue with Two Gospel Parables on Law, Crime

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Book Review of Compassionate Justice: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue with Two Gospel Parables on Law, Crime, and Restorative Justice, Christopher D. Marshall, Eugene Oregon: Cascade Books, 2012

An excerpt:

At the first national teleconference in the United States on Restorative Justice (in 1991 I believe), a woman asked the panel about the Christian roots of Restorative Justice. She was assured by a panelist that there were none, and no one on the panel said differently. Christopher Marshall’s first book in this field, Beyond Retribution: A New Testament Vision for Justice, Crime and Punishment, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001 [reviewed on this website here], and The Spiritual Roots of Restorative Justice, New York: SUNY Press, 2001, published ten years later, demonstrated otherwise. So does this second book by Marshall.

Christianity not only played the essential role in the development of the Western legal tradition (for good or for ill) as shown for instance in Harold Berman’s magisterial Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition, Boston: Harvard University Press, 1983, Christianity centrally gave rise to the recent worldwide development of Restorative Justice programs and theory.

Please click on: Compassionate Justice

Editor

Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

Always appreciate constructive feedback! Thanks.

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