By Gardner C. Hanks
Drawing on previous and New testomony assets in addition to secular arguments, Gardner C. Hanks exhibits that the demise penalty harms instead of is helping any quest for a simply, humane society. He demonstrates via study info that the demise penalty is an useless crime-fighting software.
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Additional resources for Against the death penalty: Christian and secular arguments against capital punishment
The few executions that are reported in the Old Testament, such as the stoning of Achan in Joshua 7 and the killing of Shimei in 1 Kings 2, are religious or political in nature. In spite of this, we know that the death penalty was in use from two capital cases described in the New Testamentthe Page 34 near stoning of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:111), and the stoning of Stephen for blasphemy (Acts 6 and 7). Although we will discuss these stories more thoroughly in the next chapter, it is clear that both describe authentically the way executions would be carried out.
Page 27 God told Noah that there would be a reckoning for killing other human beings. The text of Genesis 9:6 follows. " The passage certainly is descriptive of how life was at the time. The murder of a family member could bring the beginning of prolonged revenge-seeking in the form of a blood feud. Thus, a murder was not necessarily one isolated violent event; it could be one of many acts in a cycle of violence. In retaliation, one murder led to another murder, which led to another in further retaliation, and so on.
I was brought up in an abolitionist family and so acquired my opposition to the death penalty virtually at birth. However, capital punishment was never a central issue for me until 1979. In the spring of that year, I became involved in the protests against the impending execution of John Spenkelink in Florida. Spenkelink was to be the first man executed against his will after a decade in which no executions had been carried out in the United States. Spenkelink's execution and the weeks of demonstrations that preceded it were to have a profound impact on my life.
Against the death penalty: Christian and secular arguments against capital punishment by Gardner C. Hanks