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St. Augustine is more than imposing. He is, perhaps, history’s most intimidating figure. From his conversion to Christianity in 386 to his death in 430, he wrote on the order of 117 books. Outside of the New Testament, no writer has had nearly the influence upon Christian thought than has the Bishop of Hippo. There is no doubt that Augustine had much to say about justice, even though he wrote no one text devoted to justice alone. To understand his thought about justice, we shall have to consider his thought about politics, love, and violence. We would also need to consider his thought about God, the church, and so much more, to give Augustinian justice its due, but this entry can be nothing other than a humbling exercise in restraint.

For Augustine, human beings are social, or political in the Aristotelian sense, in our essence; for we are, after all, created in the image of the Triune God. Because God is an ontological community of Love (“God is love,” proclaims 1 John 4:16), sharing...

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Minch, M. (2011). Augustine. In: Chatterjee, D.K. (eds) Encyclopedia of Global Justice. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_101

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