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Seeking Justice: The Radical Compassion of Jesus by [Hebden, Keith]
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"I have known Keith Hebden for quite a few years. We live on opposite sides of the planet, so we don't get to talk much, but every time we get together we share notes about our journey towards a wholehearted love that seeks hard after justice. In Seeking Justice Keith gets to share his journey in the depth and the detail that we could never have in a single conversation. In Seeking Justice Keith helps us see the world through the eyes of a radical compassion that embraces beauty, rebels against brutality and commits itself resolutely to work slowly but surely to create a better future, In Seeking Justice Keith shares the way to engage in change with great care, so we can envisage what it would mean for us to do likewise." Dave Andrews, well known speaker, activist, author, and member of the Waiter's Union, Brisbane --Dave Andrews"

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Keith Hebden is a pioneer minister working with the deanery of Mansfield as 'Seeking Justice' Adviser. Writer, activist, and Anglican priest, Keith is committed to continued experiments in nonviolent resistance, community organising, and uncomfortable truth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Alternative (25 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1NSM4Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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In his enormously important book, `Seeking Justice', Keith Hebden doesn't try to convince me, as so many others do, that God is an indefinable something which wants to love me and know me on a personal level. He doesn't give me that awful phrase about how the duty of every Christian is to `share God's love' (surely a phrase like no other in its ability to cause division and confusion). Instead, Hebden provides twelve compelling and realistically challenging chapters on the mechanics of Compassionate Resistance. I'll leave you to unwrap the understanding and the implications for yourself but suffice to say that, at points, his writing made me experience some of the enthusiastic fervour which I usually witness from a safe distance, as belonging in evangelical circles.

A pivotal, although almost incidental, line from `Seeking Justice' is found on p. 54,

`Moral dilemmas, after all, are a luxury only those with the space to debate enjoy.
Powerless people often are too busy surviving to moralize.'

For me, Hebden here sums up exactly what is wrong with an awful lot of modern church. So it gives me a huge amount of hope that he, as a young and popular Anglican priest, feels able to point this out at a time when, more and more, official Christianity seems to allow itself to be defined principally as the adherence to a set of beliefs (which are themselves not remotely agreed upon) and very little else of much singularity or substance.

There can be no doubt that, in the 168 pages which make up `Seeking Justice', Hebden goes a tremendously long way towards getting us back on track.
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This is a book about the pursuit of justice, by someone who makes it his business to do just that.

The author, no stranger to non violent direct action (or its consequences), writes with passion and prophetic vision about how we might go about effecting change in our society. The fact that a quick web search will find references to how he practices what he (literally) preaches only goes to reinforce this point.

While this is a personal book, it's also a deeply Christian book, rooted in the Christ tradition of 'The Kingdom of God' - Justice, Peace and Joy, as you might expect from someone who spends his day to day as a parish priest. But it's also a text for all - and deserves a reading and rereading. It's simultaneously an easy read (because of the author's eloquence) and an uneasy read (because it reminds us who we are supposed to be).

An ideal work for use in a study group, a social justice group, or just for anyone who half remembers the clarion call of Christ to fight against oppression and injustice, without falling in to the trap of using the ways of the world to do so.
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This is the book I have been waiting for! It is a clear and brilliant analysis of what Capitalism is really doing to our way of life, and how the quality of all our lives is diminished by Capitalism pernicious agenda. But this is all firmly rooted in a clear Gospel imperative for the poor. Read this and be prepared to change your politics for good!
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Keith Hebden is an Anglican priest who doesn't require one "to believe six impossible things before breakfast" (to quote Lewis Carroll) - he doesn't give a damn about liturgy and is more likely to ask one to draw the "angel" of a church than to expect one to know when to genuflect - always remembering that Keith's "angels" are messages (meanings), rather than golden boys with feathery wings. Taking inspiration from Gandhi as well as Jesus, Hebden focusses on the difference between shalom ("deep and wide peace") and pacification in the interests of oppressive regimes.

The whole book is centred on the need to fight for justice, human and natural empathy and the concomitant need to demolish oppressive power structures. It works through a range of important contemporary issues, illuminating them with biblical insights, but he knows the danger of reading the Bible at "face value" because "we hear our own assumptions reflected back at us".

Dr Hebden knows the importance of writing simply, but there is no question of his message being simplistic or condescending; he is practical, up-to-date and deeply committed. He draws on parish experience and research among India's poor Christians as well as wide knowledge of literature. This is a book that can be read by people "of all religions and none", but it will infuriate those who think that the Anglican Church should still be "the Tory Party at prayer".
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This is an exploration and for that reason is incomplete, but I am sure the writer wants us to make our own discoveries. He wants the reader to engage in spiritual adventure, looking at natural and supernatural dimensions to working for justice. Another step on the path Walter Wink set me on.
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