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Justice / Architecture

Kyle Dugdale

Critic, Yale School of Architecture, Yale University


The word justice has grown more popular in schools of architecture within the last few years. It is normally paired with the word social; and while there is much within that movement that the Christian can celebrate, it strikes me that the foundations underlying the construct of social justice are often quite shallow, and sometimes lean in exactly the opposite direction to those of a justice that finds its origins in God.

On a related note: to what extent is the language of “rights” a strictly human-to-human concept? Or do we have “rights” before God? How should we reconcile the language of rights with the text of Romans 9?