https://www.westernsem.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Lee-webgraphic-1.jpg 1709 2560 Megan Rice https://www.westernsem.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/logo.png Megan Rice2020-02-14 10:04:292020-03-02 12:30:04An Augustinian Theology of Mass Incarceration
Thursday, February 27, 7:00 p.m., Mulder Chapel
Lecture with Dr. Greg Lee, Wheaton College
The United States incarcerates far more individuals than any nation in the world at radically disparate rates for different racial groups. In this lecture, Dr. Lee will draw on the thought of Augustine to encourage new approaches toward criminal justice. Augustine’s understanding of personal sin stresses the possibility of redemption for individual wrongdoers, and his account of collective evil exposes systemic injustice as a pervasive feature of humanity’s fallen condition. These insights commend Christians’ solidarity with oppressed communities and the exercise of mercy and restorative practices in response to criminal offenses.
This lecture is sponsored by the Girod Chair of Western Theological Seminary in partnership with the Saint Benedict Institute.