Restorative Justice

The links listed here are focused on the theological underpinnings of restorative justice.

(1) Healing Justice (and Theology): An Agenda for Restoring Wholeness—an unpublished booklet (ca. 2009) that provides a theological basis for restorative justice.

1. Introduction: An Agenda for Restoring Wholeness

2. Our Current Crisis

3. The Logic of Retribution and Its Consequences

4. Healing Theology: A Biblical Overview

5. Old Testament Justice (Amos)

6. Jesus and Justice

7. Justice in Romans and Revelation

8. Putting Restorative Justice into Practice

9. Restoring Wholeness: The Alternative to Vengeance


(2) Rethinking God, Justice, and the Treatment of OffendersAn article published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation (2002) that I co-wrote with Howard Zehr.

(3) Biblical Bases for Restorative Justice—A lecture presented at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University (2008).

(4) Healing Justice—A sermon preached at Shalom Mennonite Congregation, Harrisonburg, VA (2009). Also, an article based on this sermon, also called “Healing Justice,” was published in The Mennonite (2009).