Reparations and the Key Question in Restorative Justice | A Long Repentance Post #15 | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry: Sangwon Yang & Mako Nagasawa

“The Ugly Duckling” is a story about belonging and community.  This illustration, “Ugly Duckling” by Milo Winter, was first published in 1916 in the U.S. in the book Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales.  Public Domain. The Purpose of A Long Repentance Blog Series People talk about issues of race and justice in the United States as issues of…

Restorative Justice in Housing | A Long Repentance Post #14 | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry: Sangwon Yang & Mako Nagasawa

Park swing.  Max Pixel, Public Domain. The Purpose of A Long Repentance Blog Series People talk about issues of race and justice in the United States as issues of ‘justice and injustice.’  Sometimes we launch into debates about ‘the proper role of government.’  But is that the original framework from which these issues were asked and debated?…

Restorative Justice Over Meritocratic-Retributive | A Long Repentance Post #13 |The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry: Sangwon Yang & Mako Nagasawa

The Maori in New Zealand practice restorative justice.  This image comes from a documentary about the Maori called Restoring Hope, found here. The Purpose of A Long Repentance Blog Series People talk about issues of race and justice in the United States as issues of ‘justice and injustice.’  Sometimes we launch into debates about ‘the proper role…

The Illusion of Meritocracy in Policing, Part 3 | A Long Repentance Post #12 | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry: Sangwon Yang & Mako Nagasawa

Pictured: An article from Breitbart News, a white nationalist news source, specializing in generating content that reinforces racist and xenophobic tropes.  This is the type of material we seek to challenge on the levels of fact, values, and faith. The Purpose of A Long Repentance Blog Series People talk about issues of race and justice in the…

Atonement in Scripture: A Neuroscientific Reason for Why Retributive Justice is from the Fall, and Penal Substitution is Immature

Neuroscientist Daniel Reisel studied the brains of psychopathic murderers.  He gauged their responses to pictures of people’s emotional expressions.  Using MRI’s to image their brains, Reisel found a deficit in the amygdala, a region of the brain we believe to be the ‘location’ of empathy.  But Reisel and other neuroscientists also have hope.  They also…

Interpreting Jesus and Atonement: Practical Issue #7 – Atonement, God’s Character, and Economic Justice (A Critique of Wayne Grudem)

In this post, I will explore the relationship between economic justice and atonement theology by discussing Wayne Grudem’s chapter on economics in his 2010 book Politics According to the Bible.  In the next post, I will engage in an appreciative critique of Timothy Keller’s 2012 book Generous Justice:  How God’s Grace Makes Us Just.  Grudem…

Interpreting Jesus and Atonement – Practical Issue #6:  Is Retributive Justice the Highest Form of Justice?  Does Atonement Theology Impact Our Framework for Criminal Justice?

cover detail: The New Jim Crow Nineteen year old Ann Margarent Grosmaire was tragically shot and killed by her boyfriend and fiancée of three years, in a moment of his rage and sleep deprivation.  Then: ‘At 2:15 in the afternoon on March 28, 2010, Conor McBride, a tall, sandy-haired 19-year-old wearing jeans, a T-shirt and…