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“For the past three decades Nicholas Wolterstorff has crafted a devastating philosophical critique of and a bracing Christian alternative to John Rawls’s Theory of Justice. In this exquisite new book of political theology, he tours the perennially contested questions of eros and agape, rule and equity, discipline and mercy, responsibility and forgiveness, justice and righteousness. Learned, judicious, strikingly innovative, and crystal clear, this book has all the marks of yet another Wolterstorff classic in the making.”
-- John Witte Jr.
Emory University

“Nicholas Wolterstorff’s Justice: Rights and Wrongs is a magisterial book. In it and in its companion volume, Justice in Love, Wolterstorff has gotten justice right.”
-- Miroslav Volf in Books and Culture

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Nicholas Wolterstorff is Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale University. Before going to Yale he was Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for thirty years.
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  • Series: Emory University Studies in Law and Religion
  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802866158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802866158
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Sweeney on August 6, 2011
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There are books meant to be read quickly. Other books are meant to be "lived" in. These are books which challenge your fundamental convictions. They are those which require heavy lifting mentally. Yet, it is precisely because of all these things that make such books rich and important reading.

Nicholas Wolterstorff is Professor Emeritus in Philosophical Theology at Yale and a Senior Fellow at the University of Virginia. To put it colloquially, he's one smart dude. Dr. Wolterstorff is involving himself in a significant discussion that has involved people from every level of academic achievement: what do justice and love have to do with one another. Primarily, his question involves Christians. As followers of Christ, how are we to understand both love and justice. Are they compatible or mutually exclusive? Are they synonymous or different, yet complementary? These are tough questions. Good answers require a strong mind.

I plan to "live" in this book for a while. Yet, during my pre-reading and subsequent speed-reading I can already tell that this book is well-writtern. His argument follows an intuitive pattern and makes sense. However, it is a very dense book. I would not recommend this book for a general audience. The language can be technical and the ideas complex. But, it is appropriate since much of the chapters where originally presented as lectures at a number of universities and seminaries. Additionally, this title is included in the Emory University Series in Law and Religion. It is not meant to be light reading.

Despite the complexity that does not mean that there is much to learn. I read a few chapters slowly and received much by way of mental stimulation and challenged assumptions. This book is a thoughtful and helpful tour through a difficult subject.
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5 of 16 people found the following review helpful By joe m. on January 4, 2012
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I am very interested in social justice,and I thought this book would be useful in enhancing my understanding.
The author is a brilliant philospher, and I suspect that specialists in this field will find it enthralling. I found it somewhat tedious and wordy. I struggled through over 200 pages and have put it aside for another attempt later on. The author seems to be very interested in justifying his positions, and does that very well, but I would appreciate a book that got to the point more quickly.
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