Timothy Keller, in Generous Justice, offers a passionate plea and biblical defense of social justice. In a emotionally-charged climate of political attack, this book points to the gospel of grace as the only right motivation for taking up the cause of widows, orphans, immigrants, and the poor. The book is fast-paced and warm—brimming with Scripture, anecdotes, and practical application.
Keller is the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, New York and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Reason for God. He in an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and holds degrees from Bucknell University (B.A.), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Westminster Theological Seminary (D.Min.). After pastoring a church in Hopewell, Virginia, he taught at Westminster Theological Seminary before planting Redeemer Presbyterian Church in 1989.
According to Keller, Generous Justice was written for four types of people. First, he has witnessed an increased number of young Christian believers who have a great desire to serve in justice ministry. Many of these young adults, however, have a hard time connecting that desire to their Christian faith. Second, Keller targets those Christians who are fearful that any advocacy of social justice is inexorably linked to a loss of sound doctrine and evangelism. The third audience includes those who do, in fact, abandon traditional evangelical doctrines like justification by faith alone and Jesus’ substitutionary atonement as they seek social justice. Finally, he argues against the “new atheism,” which contends that religion is regressive and promotes injustice and violence. The book also contains numerous quotations from philosophers, psychologists, historians, and theologians, which suggest a certain intellectual audience.
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