A Humanist Perspective And A Biblical Perspective

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“If there were true justice in the world no children would starve while others have so much money they don’t know what to do with it… Justice is about treating people fairly” (Warburton, 2012, p. 228). Justice is an idea that has shaped the world and has been a foundation for many other ideas and ideals. Kuyper quotes that “…there is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence which Christ, who is sovereign over all, does not cry out ‘mine!’” (1998, p. 488). God is able to cry out ‘mine’ because He ultimately gave His son as punishment for His people’s sins. God is a just God, and could not stand by and watch His people sin without doing something about it. This essay will firstly explore definitions and origins of the idea of justice, as well as key philosophers that have influenced the idea over time. Following this, a humanist perspective and a biblical perspective will be explored including their ideals of justice. Lastly, the influences on society, my own life, and education will be analyzed.

There are many different definitions, viewpoints, and perspectives of justice. The Oxford dictionary definition of justice is “just behaviour and treatment.” Another definition is “the quality of being fair and reasonable” (“Justice,” 2014). Some would suggest that it is easier to define justice by actually defining injustice (Wilkins and Sandford, 2009). The definition of injustice is “violation of the rights of others; unjust or unfair action or treatment”
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