Tim Keller offers an excellent examination regarding what Scripture teaches about the obligations of Scripture on believers to care for and seek out justice for the poor, needy and disenfranchised. In a way there was a "Radical" flavor to this, Keller style, but the message of this book was clear and well-defended. Keller can get a little heady with his philosophical arguments and the numerous authors he cites, almost to the extent that this title could use a couple reads (which wouldn't be a bad thing.)
Great Book!!!! It gives both the liberal and conservative churches something to truly ponder. In North America the Christian Church has divided itself by the world's political views and allied itself, wholeheartedly, to their belief system. Timothy Keller, once again, demonstrates that to be a Christian is beyond political ideology, but an ongoing transformation into the likeness of our Saviour. This can only happen as we live practicing the same justice that He has taught us in scripture.
Generous Justice by Timothy Keller is an intelligent and reasoned discussion on how Christians should be serving within the world today. Keller, who is a pastor of a large church in New York City, throws aside the differences between fundamentalists, who focus on teaching about God, and the progressive church, which is focused on social justice. Keller says they both have it wrong by focusing on one side and ignoring the other. By using several biblical examples, as well as contemporary anecdotes, he explains how the church is called care for the poor in radical and unexpected ways. The first century church pooled their resources and had no poor among them, Keller recognizes that today's church isn't so simple, but that doesn't allow the church to simply ignore the problems in their communities. He encourages churches to move into communities in need of help and then recruit leaders from the neighborhood to make them a part of permanent change. There are other books on this subject out there, but Keller's is the first I've read that gives real suggestions that any reader can follow. Chapter seven is a fascinating discussion on just what the word "justice" means, with three philosophical definitions and how all of them miss the mark as well. Keller's focus is that true justice for everyone can only be found in the Bible and by studying the Word of God. His writing is very cerebral and inspiring.