Biblical Justice for Transforming the World

An online course with Dr Jonathan Chaplin (Wesley House) and Philip Powell (Tearfund UK) in March 2024.


  • How and why should Christians respond to a world crying out for justice?
  • What does ‘justice’ mean in Scripture and how does it relate to ‘the gospel’?
  • What do biblically-inspired insights on justice require of us today?

The call to do justice, especially for the most vulnerable, is pervasive in the Bible and is integral to proclaiming and living the gospel. ‘Biblical justice’ is searching in its critical analysis of society and wide-ranging in its demands for personal and structural transformation. But it is poorly understood in many churches today. In church and society, and globally, ‘justice’ is a much contested idea, demanding a better dialogue on its meaning, and a fuller commitment to its realisation.

Biblical Justice for Transforming the World is designed both for those working in social justice ministry and for anyone else seeking to relate their faith more effectively to public life. Through readings, conversation and reflection on participant’s experience, we will explore a compelling biblical and theological underpinning for justice work in our contemporary world, with a focus on poverty.

Course Structure

The course will be held in March 2024 on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 5 March, 7-9pm UK Time
  • Tuesday 12 March, 7-9pm UK Time
  • Tuesday 19 March, 7-9pm UK Time
  • Tuesday 26 March, 7-9pm UK Time

The four weekly two hour sessions include:

  • Opening ‘justice prayer’
  • Presentation on the week’s reading
  • Large group Q&A and practitioner stories
  • Small group conversations in breakout rooms
  • Concluding large group reflection

There will be approximately 2.5 hours of reading and study per week expected outside of class time.

Readings will be drawn from the Bible, book chapters and other short articles, including statements from social justice organisations. These will be available digitally to all registered participants.


£100 early bird registration (ends 31 January) and then £120 regular registration. Please note that in the unlikely event minimum numbers aren’t met for the course your registration fee will be refunded in full.

Certificate of Completion

A Certificate of Completion is available for those who complete a brief summative reflection (1500 words).


Dr Jonathan Chaplin became Honorary Fellow of Wesley House in 2022, where he contributes to the Centre for Faith in Public Life. He has been a member of the Divinity Faculty of Cambridge University since 2007. Jonathan is a political theologian and has written widely for academic and public audiences on issues of faith and politics, democracy, justice, pluralism, liberalism, and the environment. He wrote Faith in Democracy (2021), the basis for his other Wesley House short course “Faith in British Democracy: A Christian Vision for Political Engagement“.

Philip Powell is the Theology and Network Engagement Manager at Tearfund UK and Co-director of the Justice Conference (2021-23). He previously worked for the Cambridge-based think tank Jubilee Centre, where he developed and led the online course Bible and Public Life and the SAGE Graduate Leadership Programme. He is a member of the Advisory Group for the UK student movement Just Love.

A course from The Centre of Faith in Public Life