Jus post bellum justice provides us with two criteria: holding aggressors responsible (punishment) and providing some form of restoration to victims (restitution). The reality of our time suggests a very limited justice.
Eric PattersonMarch 24, 2022
Retribution is the form love sometimes takes when nothing else will requite injustice.
Marc LiVeccheSeptember 24, 2021
In a series of articles in the fall of 1946, Christianity and Crisis contributors offered reports based upon their travels, including from Reinhold Niebuhr and John Baillie in Germany.
Christianity & Crisis Magazine & Reinhold Niebuhr & Mark MeltonSeptember 3, 2021
Christian pacifism became untenable for me because the God who punished, killed, and destroyed in the Old Testament remains the God of the New Testament.
Daniel StrandJuly 6, 2017
There may be no prudent responses against North Korea’s regime for Otto Warmbier’s murder. But such a concession to realism over justice does not invalidate the morality of the retributive instinct. It remains. And it remains deeply Christian.
Marc LiVeccheJune 22, 2017
The notion of retribution or punishment has long been the scourge of social science. Christian thinkers should develop the distinction between retribution and revenge or retaliation.
J. Daryl CharlesSeptember 29, 2016