Christian Theories of Justice (Online Course)

Wednesday evenings 6.15pm to 9pm Eastern time

January 16 to April 17, 2019

What is justice? What is mercy? How do Christians make sense of the social and political problems of the day? This course explores these questions through a survey of major theories of justice from both philosophical and theological perspectives. Topics include liberal, libertarian, communitarian, feminist, and liberationist theories in conversation with Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant approaches as well as theologies of restorative justice, including indigenous and womanist approaches. Current social issues will be discussed in order to make both practical use of the varied approaches to justice and to critically examine the limits and possibilities of the different theories. Social issues to be examined include: colonialism’s legacies, racisms, gender and sexual diversity, poverty and the market, war and nonviolence, and climate change. At the end of this course, students will be familiar with a spectrum of theories of justice and will be able to articulate their own theologically and philosophically based theory of justice as applied to a single current social issue.

Jason Crawford

Dr. Jason Crawford has a Ph.D. in religion and society from Concordia University. He currently teaches in the humanities department at Champlain College in Quebec and is an active member of Epiphany Anglican Church in Verdun.


$300: Auditor
$380: Montreal School of Theology (MST) student
$490: independent and Non-MST student

This course is open to people engaged in lay or ordained ministry, those preparing for ministry, or those looking for continuing ministerial education.

Credit: This is a 3-credit course. Credit can be offered towards the Master of Divinity or Certificate in Theology programs, or students may enroll as non-degree independent students. Auditing is also possible. Auditors do all the assigned reading and attend all class sessions but do not submit written assignments and do not earn credit. The college can also prepare certificates of attendance for those who need continuing education credit.

Admissions: The basic admission requirement is an undergraduate degree (in any subject) or its equivalent with a 2.7 CGPA. Please contact the college if you have any questions about whether you are eligible to apply.

Application: If you have taken a course at the college before, please contact the college to indicate your interest in enrolling in this course. If you have never applied to the college before, please submit an application and apply as either an independent student or a MST Certificate in Theology student. Once the application process and registration are complete, students will receive more information about the course including readings and assignments.

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Course name Instructor Semester
Thinking Through Congregational Leadership Thinking Through Congregational Leadership
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Leading a Journey into Luke: A Training Day Rev. Dr. Jesse Zink
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Transforming Church Conflict (1 Day Workshop) Marg Van Herk-Paradis
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Christian Theories of Justice (Online Course) Dr. Jason Crawford
Winter 2019
Congregational Leadership Rev. Dr. Dale Woods
Winter 2019
Debating Mission, Marriage, and the Eucharist in the Anglican Communion Rev. Dr. Jesse Zink
Winter 2019