Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Justice Defined.

What is justice? (I almost posted an image but chose not to at the risk of inadvertently informing opinions, thoughts, and ideas on justice).

3 comments:

Corbin said...

I'm becoming skeptical of definitions as anything other than working meanings in a specific context, but I like to think of justice as "everything in its proper relation-set", meaning that justice is not outcome-based or consequence-driven, but rather a matter of the current state of affairs and one's participation in it. It's relational, not mathematical--righteousness, not equality.

:::: Travis Keller :::: said...

corbin,
you are a wonderful person. i like you thought on definitions and i think i think that i agree. very good thought about justice as non-consequential.

Chad said...

Pretty sure there is a techinical definition. It's giving what is due.

Matthew 5:38-48, NASB

"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone want to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only you brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."