Spring 2016 | Volume 34, Issue 1
The Rule of Law, The Way of Love
Now is not the time to defend "law and order." Trust has been lost in Ferguson and Baltimore and Chicago. And yet, the mechanisms of law, policing, punishment, and (hopefully) rehabilitation are a crucial feature of human society. The animating conviction of this issue of Comment is that if we want to understand and prophetically critique how it is legislated, enforced, and administered, we need to see the law-like nature of creation itself.
Editorial: The Rule of Law and the Way of Love
There is no opposition between law and mercy
World View: An Annotated Reading of Your World
Topics this issue include election campaigns, heavenly citizenship, the mayor of Montaigne, and why the Christian tradition has long seen publishing as mission.
Headquarters: Payday Lending
Cardus's "Banking on the Margins" project seeks non-legislative means of solving the moral problems of payday lending.
The Context of Love is the World: Liturgies of Incarceration
A professor went to prison to teach; he had a lot to learn.
Reasons for Law and the Bonds of Love
Why law is a gift from a loving God who wants us to flourish.
Church Discipline as a Public Good
What ancient Pharisees and modern Jezebels get right and wrong about discipline.
"His Law is Love, and His Gospel is Peace"
Learning to dance with God's law.
Worship as Public Legal Pedagogy
The church's public proclamation reminds society of the law—and grace—that transcends the state.
The Short and Tragic Lives of Black Youth
On culture and the constraints of "choice" and responsibility.
Justice, Beauty, and Habits of Waiting
Sometimes all the law needs is a little patience.
The Religious Roots of Rights Talk
Do Christian roots get in the way of a rights' consensus?
The Dignity of Confession
Learning to see the image of God in the most broken image bearers.