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Justice, Spirituality & Education Journal

Abstract

This paper discusses the unique role of Christian higher education in the promotion of restorative justice within the criminal justice system and other systems of discipline. Christian higher education should integrate a faith that is active with all areas of knowledge, producing students who are promoters and practitioners of justice in every area of their lives. Restorative justice provides an opportunity for Christian higher education to live out the purpose of establishing the biblical concept of shalom, which is a peace that requires justice, restored relationships, and responsibility. A critical pedagogy allows for variations in practice, which leads to methods of humanization for all parties involved in the restorative justice process. Christian higher education should challenge students to live justly and promote justice and the restorative justice movement is one way of accomplishing that objective.

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