Proximate justice: a symposium on Christian realism
Proximate justice: a symposium on Christian realism

Proximate justice: a symposium on Christian realism

Last summer, Comment magazine publishing partner Steven Garber wrote a powerful introduction to a new idea: making peace with proximate justice.

March 7 th 2008
Proximate justice: a symposium on Christian realism

"I used to believe that doing justice was possible. But now I have seen that hope is naïve: it just isn't going to happen. Micah is for the young and the idealistic."

Last summer, Comment magazine publishing partner Steven Garber wrote a powerful introduction to a new idea: Making peace with proximate justice. In Garber's extensive travels, he is learning that what keeps Christians in politics going is accepting that something is better than nothing—making peace with some justice, some mercy, all the while realizing that it will only be in the new heaven and new earth that we find all our longings finally fulfilled. Then, three weeks ago, Garber again published a reprise on proximate justice, based on recent experience in Asia.

Now, Comment has approached a small group of readers who are pursuing vocations in politics and justice, and asked them to grapple with the concept of proximate justice in their respective lines of work.

The conversation continues today.

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James Brink
 
James Brink

James Brink is an associate with Ormston List Frawley LLP, a law firm in Toronto that advises small to mid-size Canadian public and private companies on corporate organization and restructuring, contracts, financing, as well as their securities compliance obligations. James also regularly works with the firm's litigation department in connection with commercial and personal disputes ranging from breach of contract to online defamation.

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Rob Burns is in Scotland, working toward a Ph.D. on the role and significance of suffering in human life.

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