Christian Tradition and the Practice of Justice

Field: Moral Theology
Unit Code(s): DT3500T (Class based)
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (Level 3)
Delivery mode: TBA
Prerequisites: At least one 15 points (one unit) in Missiology, or previous welfare-and-justice experience
Content: This unit will explore the issue of justice as a central component of the mission of the Church. It will examine justice as seen in the Exodus story, the prophets of the Old Testament and in the Gospel narratives.  The course will examine the life and ministry of Jesus and the reign of God’s justice, Justice and freedom, Justice and the rule of law and Justice and responsible action. The historical role of the Anglican tradition of social concern and scholarship in England and Australia will be explored alongside other Christian traditions.  This will lead to an examination on how these understandings of justice can be applied to current social and ethical issues within the life of the Church.  
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • outline a range of views of the scriptural foundations for justice
  • examine the nature of contemporary Australian society and the application of the churches teaching on justice as core mission activity
  • identify a particular understanding of justice and apply it to a current social issue
  • explain the theological and Christological understandings of Jesus and the Reign of God and their significance
  • articulate and defend the churches’ ministry of justice and the importance of working for justice in the church and broader Christian community.
  • 1,500-word tutorial report, submitted as an essay (30%)
  • 2,500-word essay (50%)
  • Journal (face-to-face) or tutorial reflection (online), equivalent to 1,000 words (20%)
Recommended Reading:

*set texts recommended for purchase

*Brueggemann, W. The Practice of Prophetic Imagination: Preaching an Emancipating Word. Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2012.

Crossan, J. Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography. San Francisco, 1994.

Cleary, R.  Reclaiming Welfare for Mission Choices for Churches. Canberra: Barton Books 2012.

Morgan, P. & C. Lawton. Ethical Issues in Six Religious Traditions. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2010.

Sacks, J. To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility. London: Continuum 2005.

Selby, P. Grace and Mortgage. London: Darton, Longman and Todd 2005.

*Stott, J. Issues Facing Christians Today. Michigan: Zondervan 2006.

Sagovsky, N. Christian Tradition and The Practice of Justice. London: SPCK 2008.

*Sandel, M. Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? London: Penguin Books, 2010.

Sen, A. The Idea of Justice. London: Penguin Books, 2010.

Volf, M. A Public Faith. How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good. USA: Brazos Press, 2011.

Williams, R. Faith in the Public Square. London: Bloomsbury 2012.