Carnival Kingdom – biblical justice for global communities

Edited by Marijke Hoek, Jonathan Ingleby, Carol Kingston-Smith, and Andy Kingston-Smith.

For many years JRI has had an excellent collaboration with Redcliffe College in Gloucester, UK. So JRI personnel, Martin & Margot Hodson, were pleased to be able to contribute  the Climate Justice chapter to a book coming out of The JusTice Initiative which is based at Redcliffe:

HODSON, M.J. & HODSON, M.R. (2013) Climate Justice: contemporary developments in science, policy, action and theology. In Carnival Kingdom – biblical justice for global communities. Eds. M. Hoek, J. Ingleby, C. Kingston-Smith, & A. Kingston-Smith. 125-143. Wide Margin Publishers.

Alternatively the book is now available at the Eden Bookshop,  Amazon UK and Amazon USA


The first Christians lived out a new social order and envisaged the world anew. Divisions, inequalities and injustices would be overturned as the world would reflect a new kind of reign. In the Kingdom of God, the powerful are brought low, while the oppressed are raised up; the hungry are filled with good things, while the rich are sent empty away; the wolf lives with the lamb, and the leopard lies down with the goat; the slave becomes the son, the master is the servant of all and the meek will inherit the earth. This same upside-down Kingdom is echoed in the Carnival festivals of the Medieval era, which both parodied the oppressive structures of their day and dramatically portrayed an alternative reality.

In this book, twelve scholars, theologians, and social activists from around the world take up the Carnival’s call for justice and a renewed society, and portray in their own contexts the Kingdom of God coming in justice and fullness of life – the coming of the Carnival Kingdom.

The book also has a Facebook Page.