Wisdom applied to the Justice System Challenges punitive and retributive styles of ‘justice’ and calls for restorative justice so that offender, victim, and the community as a whole benefit from justice being served.


3 responses to “JUSTICE

  1. Nathan Keen

    September 15, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Interesting. Thanks for explaining. I’ve only seen negative effects of this, and not seen how the debate goes on either side, so, I’d be happy to delve into it a bit more if you think this can come alongside rather than take over ‘retributive’ justice.

  2. david wilson

    September 12, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Thanks for your response Nathan.
    Restorative Justice does not mean that discipline and punishment are non-existent. Restorative Justice is added to other aspects of the Justice system. Where there is an emphasis on Restorative Justice there tends to be a greater ownership of responsibility for the crime committed as one is faced with the impact of that crime on others. Such a responsibility model is certainly a part of Biblical wisdom.
    There is a movement called ‘Smart Justice’ that we are supportive of and more about this can be found on We are hosting an Urban Conversation on Smart Justice on November 13th at 6pm in Hamodava Cafe (Westwood Place in Melbourne’s CBD, off Bourke St.). It would be great to have you involved in the conversation so come along if you can.

  3. Nathan Keen

    September 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    What then of the wisdom contained throughout Proverbs such as: “whoever loves discipline loves knowledge” (Pro 12:1), “whoever spare the rod hates his son” (Pro 13:24) etc.?

    It is not hard to see the outcome of this ‘restorative justice’, where now criminals are encouraged and emboldened to do crime, because there is much less punishment.

    And on family level, parents today tend to raise up brats, powerless to stop them, because they will not use the “rod”.

    Unless I greatly misunderstand your couple of lines here, this is not wise at all.


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