Generous Justice Hardback
How Grace Makes Us Just
by Timothy J. Keller;
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It is commonly thought in secular society that the Bible is one of the greatest hindrances to doing justice. People often ask; Didn't it condone slavery? Isn't it full of regressive views? Why should we look to the Bible for guidance on how to have a more just society? But Timothy Keller pastor of New York City's Redeemer Presbyterian Church, sees it another way.
In Generous Justice, Keller explores a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace: a generous, gracious justice. This book is equally suitable for believers who find the Bible a trustworthy guide, and those who suspect that Christianity has an adverse effect in the world.
A recent profile in New York magazine described his typical sermon as 'a mix of biblical scholarship, pop culture, and whatever might have caught his eye in The New York Review of Books or on Salon.com that week.' In short, Timothy Keller speaks a language that many thousands of people understand. In Generous Justice, he offers them a new understanding of modern justice and human rights.
New York City's Redeemer Presbyterian Church was established in the 1980's with fewer than 100 attendees. Nowadays over 5000 people ragularly attend Sunday services and a further 25000 people download Keller's sermons weekly.
Generous Justice by Timothy J. Keller was published by Hodder & Stoughton in October 2010 and is our 19332nd best seller. The ISBN for Generous Justice is 9780340995099.
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Generous JusticeAlan Billings, via The Good Book Stall
Timothy Keller comes with credentials. He has written extensively. His first book was a New York Times best seller. Newsweek called him ‘a C.S.Lewis for the twenty-first century’. He planted a Presbyterian Church in New York which currently has a congregation of 5,000. Another 25,000 regularly download his talks each week.
He tells us that in his thirty years as a pastor he has always been interested in issues of poverty and justice and this book is the fruit of that. Basically, his aim is to root that concern – which is surely shared by most if not all Christians – in the biblical text. He wants to show his readers that typical contemporary concerns for human rights and redistributive policies by governments are Christian in the sense that they have biblical warrant. He also wants to show that they have their true origins in Christianity rather than anywhere else.
His audience is principally American – who have more concerns about government intervention than Europeans – and evangelical – who need to trace the origins of their commitments to the scriptures. The book begins, therefore, by justifying ‘doing justice’ to a Christian audience – something that would probably strike many British Christians as unnecessary.
The method employed is familiar. He takes the idea of ‘justice’ as we understand it today and points the reader to texts in the Old Testament and then the gospels where it is used in the same way. Each text is carefully explained using insights from modern scholars. In fact, the scholars quoted – biblical, theological and philosophical – are an impressive list in themselves.
I have some doubts about what he says. I am not convinced that what we mean by ‘justice’ can simply be read off the biblical text. I think he deals rather too easily with those issues that are a real headache if you take the view that every part of the Bible is equally authoritative – ideas about holy war in Deuteronomy, for instance. He has a tendency to call in aid contemporary secular writers when they are useful and supportive of his ethics, but he fails to deal with their sharp challenges to his position on some of the more difficult ethical questions of modern times – such as those to do with human sexuality. As a result I am not sure he has an answer to the problem of doing justice in a plural world where there is no simple agreement even among Christians on what are and what are not basic human rights. Is divorce? Is abortion? Is voluntary euthanasia?
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|Author / Artist||Timothy J. Keller|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton (October 2010)|
|Number of Pages||256|
|Page last updated||2nd February 2016|