Theology Update for the Week of December 16

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Theology Class, Special Guest: Jeremy Waldron

On December 16th, at 10 am, our Theology Classes will continue with a special guest, Jeremy Waldron, professor of legal and political philosophy at NYU School of Law. The class is entitled “Biblical Justice: Some Preliminaries.” This presentation will serve as an introduction to a course that he will be leading in 2019 on the biblical perspective of justice and judgement in the light of the prophetic tradition. A prolific scholar, Waldron has written extensively on jurisprudence and political theory, including numerous books and articles on theories of rights, constitutionalism, the rule of law, democracy, property, torture, security, homelessness, and the philosophy of international law. You can find out more about him here.

As a rule, our primary reference text will be the Authorized Version of the Bible, which will be available at every class.

A particularly interesting reflection on the scandalous quality of God’s justice in Christ can be found here. It is only a small section of a larger work by the theologian, James Alison, entitled “Raising Abel.” He contends that in Christ’s resurrection, we are approached by God as forgiving victim. This has extraordinary ramifications when it comes to what justice means for us. Alison’s theology is lyrical and dense, but well worth your time. A selection is here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected].

Grace and peace to you,

Matthew Moretz+

Associate Rector