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3.0 out of 5 stars Justice or Compassion?, 11 Oct 2011
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J. C. Stott (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Good and Bad Religion (Paperback)
There is a lot to admire in Peter Vardy's book,but I must take him up on the matter of justice. He writes that all religions proclaim the central importance of justice. He claims that "In Christianity and the Hebrew Scriptures, a lack of justice is equated with sin". He cites seven passages from the Old Testament but not one from the New Testament. With good reason. Mr Vardy tells us that justice requires dispassionate, rational analysis. It requires seeing both sides of the case. It is directly related to fairness. These characteristics are notable by their absence from the Lord's parables of the Labourers in the Vineyard, the Prodigal, and the Pharisee and the Publican. Each exemplifies, as Rowan Williams puts it, "the anarchic mercy of God, which ignores order, rank, and merit". We are redeemed by the monstrously unjust crucifixion of Christ. Paul: "God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us" and again "God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them". Justice is not central to Christianity. Ours is not a God of justice, but of love, of compassion.

John Stott
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Good and Bad Religion by Peter Vardy (Paperback - 30 Nov 2010)
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