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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Love, Justice and John Dominic Crossan

Miss Eagle is indebted to Mystical Seeker over at A Blog of Mystical Searches for this wonderful quote from John Dominic Crossan in his latest book, God and Empire.

My proposal is that justice and love are a dialectic--like two sides of a coin that can be distinguished but not separated. We think of ourselves as composed of a body and soul, or flesh and spirit. When they are separated, we have a physical corpse. Similarly with distributive justice and communal love. Justice is the body of love, love the soul of justice. Justice is the flesh of love, love is the spirit of justice. When they are separated, we have a moral corpse. Justice without love is brutality. Love without justice is banality.