Here is a manuscript in process, a small book on a theological basis for restorative justice. The tentative title is: Healing Justice (and Theology): An Agenda for Restoring Wholeness.

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



Here is an article I co-wrote with my colleague Howard Zehr.

“Rethinking God, Justice, and the Treatment of Offenders.” Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. 35.3/4 (Fall 2002): 259-285.


Here is a lecture I presented in December 2008, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University.

“Biblical Bases for Restorative Justice


Here is a sermon I preached at Shalom Mennonite Congregation, Harrisonburg, Virginia, January 2009.

“Healing Justice”

And an article based on this sermon published in The Mennonite, October 20, 2009.

“Healing Justice”


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  2. Andrew

    I am curious, is the term Restorative Justice redundant? Isn’t Justice inherently restorative? Especially if we understand Jesus in terms of Jesus Christ. Jesus did not do just things, He embodied Justice as His being, as He was God. Just like God does not do good, He is good.

  3. Richard Rogers

    This work is amazing wisdom, which on its surface seems conceptually simple – love God and love one another, have faith in Jesus Christ (of course you must understand what love is as defined by God), however, it points directly to our shortcomings as individuals and society. Thank you for this work.


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