Religious Influences on Justice Theory

Authored by: Daniel C. Maguire

Routledge International Handbook of Social Justice

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415620437
eBook ISBN: 9781315857534
Adobe ISBN: 9781317934011

10.4324/9781315857534.ch2

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Abstract

The world’s major religions, though infinitely varied in their dogmatic symbols and narratives, meet on the commons of moral concern. All of them are classics, flawed classics to be sure, in the art of cherishing life and in pursuing justice as the only sure route to peace. They are not abstract Rawlsian disquisitions on the theoretic of justice but they are rich in ores that can be mined and refined into experience-based justice theory. This is particularly true in Judaism and it carried through into Christianity and Islam. Similar moral passions and insights can be found, mutatis mutandis, in the rich religious traditions of the East.

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