How do Christians live in their engagement with society in the public square, especially with those of other persuasion and those in a multi-cultural and multi-religious society? In this paper, Pastor Tsun-En Lu interacts with John Rawls's idea of Justice as Fairness and criticize his views from a Christian viewpoint. An excerpt:
罗尔斯 (John Rawls) 的〈正义论〉 (A Theology of Justice) 复兴了自由主义的哲学传统，重新定义民权，不但启发了廿世纪末的宪法理论研究，并且持续地在廿一世纪影响美国的宪政精神与大众的舆论文化 之中。罗尔斯的理论对基督教产生相当的冲击，因为它以平等为名，把基督教的信仰命题相对化，并尝试跨越传统的政教分离原则，为政府和教会的传统权威中划出 一条属于自由主义的新界线，进而排斥了基督教在公众论述中诠释公义概念的机会。
[Unfortunately, this paper is in Chinese and has not been translanted yet, so sorry to English readers].
Dave Chong responds to it here.
In an increasingly pluralistic society in America, Pastor Lu’s critique of Rawlsian conception of ‘justice as fairness’ is a much-needed contribution to the ongoing dialogue on Christian engagement in the public square. How do multi-religious, multi-ethnic societies today carve out a civil space that safeguards the liberty, equity and rights for all? This burning issue is further fueled by sometimes strident attempts by secularists to keep religious faith as a private choice that has no room in the realm of politics.
This paper and review are now open for comments.