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The Death Penalty, the Bible, and God’s Image

Social Sciences

Death Penalties and the Divine:  This two-part essay offers students some critique on the exegesis of the usual biblical texts and a biblical-but-not-necessary perspective on using the death penalty in today’s society. “While I don’t think there are strong practical reasons to keep the penalty around these days—except, perhaps, for exceptional cases—the Biblical evidence in favor of abolition is thin.  [We can also] to try to understand some of the puzzling, even troubling, aspects of the death penalty in the Scriptures.”
Part 1: Death Penalties and the Divine
Part 2: God’s Image, Man’s Crimes


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