Conception of Justice: Post-Axial Age Christianity
The mission of Jesus was in line of prophets who focused on justice as compliance with rules prescribed by the Creator. This teaching was removal of injustices that had led to exclusion, social segregation, widespread poverty and oppression by a select minority. His message is to love the Lord God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself. After Jesus, the major contributions to Christian thought came from Paul, built on the foundation of the Love, Mercy and Justice of the One and Only Creator reflected in the totality of His human creation. Then came Augustine who interpreted Jesus and Paul through reliance on Greek thought and the Hebrew Bible. Much later, Thomas Aquinas considered justice as a virtue. Although there are differences, the essential element is love, for the Almighty and love for the self, transferred to love of others.
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