What relation has the Gospel of God’s grace and the Kingdom of His love to the pressing problems of social justice? What is the Christian duty and responsibility concerning the achievement of just wages, just taxes, just punishments? By what methods and principles can we attain to a just order in family life, in economic life, in the state, and in international relations? What is the relation of Love to Justice, and of Justice to Equality? Brunner deals with burning questions of justice in a masterly fashion.
Brunner writes as a Christian theologian but he does not write only for theologians, and his arguments challenge easy conclusions.
1. Introduction: The Disintegration of the Western Idea of Justice
Part One. Principles
2. What is Meant?
3. The Place of Justice in the Sphere of Ethics
4. Justice and Law
5. Justice and Equality
6. The Ground of Equality
7. The Ground of Inequality
8. The Divine Law of Justice
9. The Equality of Men. The Right to Freedom
10. The Inequality of Men and the Rights of the Community
11. Individualism and Collectivism
12. Justice and the Law of Nature
13. Static and Dynamic Justice. Historical Relativity
14. Justice and the Revelation of Scripture
(1) The Old Testament.
(2) The New Testament.
(3) The Ten Commandments in Particular.
15. Justice and Love
Part Two. Practice
Foreword to Part Two
16. Justice in the Political Order
17. Justice in the Family Order
(1) Justice in Marriage.
(2) The Family.
18. Justice in the Economic Order
(1) The Justice of Property.
(2) Just Interest.
(3) The Just Price.
(4) Just Wages.
(5) The Just Distribution of Economic Power.
(6) Capitalism and Communism.
(7) The Just Economic Order. The Problem of Economic Planning.
19. The Mass Man and the Just Social Order
20. Justice in the Political Order
(1) The Four Stages of Political Justice.
(2) The Injustice of the Totalitarian State.
(3) Just Law.
(4) Just Power.
(5) Just Punishment.
21. Justice in the International Order
(1) The Order of Peace.
(2) The Law. International Law.
(3) Just International Law.
(4) The Just Distribution of Power.
(5) Extra- and Supra-State Possibilities. Conclusion. Limits.