It is commonly thought in secular society that the Bible is one of the greatest hindrances to doing justice. Isn't it full of regressive views? Didn't it condone slavery? Why look to the Bible for guidance on how to have a more just society?
But Timothy Keller challenges these preconceived beliefs and presents the Bible as a fundamental source for promoting justice and compassion for those in need. In "Generous Justice," he explores a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace: a generous, gracious justice. This book offers readers a new understanding of modern justice and human rights that will resonate with both the faithful and the skeptical.
Published November 2010
About the Author
Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He was first a pastor in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has more than five thousand regular Sunday attendees, plus the members of more than one hundred new churches around the world. Also the author of Counterfeit Gods, The Prodigal God, and the New York Times bestseller The Reason for God, he lives in New York with his family.
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publication Date: November 2010
ISBN 10: 0525951903
ISBN 13: 9780525951902
“And this is right where I want to give Generous Justice my highest praise. God cares deeply about justice, a concept which is generally coupled with caring for the needy in Scripture if it’s not the same thing as caring for the needy. Some people on the transformationalist side of the spectrum should read Generous Justice to have their theology corrected, particularly on the points I highlighted above. For myself, I needed (at least) a heart correction. For that reason, I plan to read it again with my wife, and I would strongly encourage other pastors to read it.”
- Jonathan Leeman, editorial director for 9Marks and the author of The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love: Reintroducing the Doctrines of Church Membership and Discipline.
Read Leeman's lengthy and in-depth review of Generous Justice
“From cover to cover, Generous Justice is sprinkled with practical applications. Keller goes into great detail to explain how doing justice for social change comes from immediate relief, individual and community development, and social reform. He also gives advice on how to work for social justice with unbelievers in a spirit of "humble cooperation" and "respectful provocation." He challenges both individuals and churches to live out a radical generosity; thoughts of helping the homeless or fighting for human equality should constantly be on the mind of every Christian as a response to the grace he or she has been shown in the gospel. He writes, "Grace is the key to it all" (40). The grace of God in Christ Jesus is the foundation and proper motivation for doing justice. Keller emphasizes the absolute centrality of the gospel for God-glorifying service to the poor and broken.”
- Brian H. Cosby, ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and serves on pastoral staff at Carriage Lane Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City, Georgia.
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