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Religions 2015, 6(2), 409-418;

The Justice Game: Augustine, Disordered Loves, and the Temptation to Change the World

Western Theological Seminary, 101 E. 13th Street, Holland, MI 49423, USA
Academic Editors: Scott McGinnis and Chris Metress
Received: 25 February 2015 / Revised: 24 March 2015 / Accepted: 27 March 2015 / Published: 8 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Teaching Augustine)
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Augustine’s thought on justice offers enduring wisdom to today’s undergraduates as they grapple with the difficult questions that arise when they ponder what it means to change the world in the light of the reality of injustice in this world. By juxtaposing Augustine’s theological writings on the nature of justice and power within the earthly and heavenly cities with Augustine’s letters that demonstrate his public engagement with injustice, we learn how Augustine thought about justice and how his convictions intersected with his practice. Through exposure to Augustine’s life and thought, students can be encouraged to wrestle with the existence of injustice, their complicity in its existence, their understanding of justice, and what it takes to seek justice today. View Full-Text
Keywords: Augustine; justice; teaching Augustine; justice; teaching
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Johnson, K.D. The Justice Game: Augustine, Disordered Loves, and the Temptation to Change the World. Religions 2015, 6, 409-418.

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