By Gardner C. Hanks
Drawing on previous and New testomony assets in addition to secular arguments, Gardner C. Hanks indicates that the demise penalty harms instead of is helping any quest for a simply, humane society. He demonstrates via study info that the dying penalty is an useless crime-fighting instrument.
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Uriah was placed at the center of the action, then other troops were withdrawn from around him. Uriah was killed. God recognized what had happened, however, and sent the prophet Nathan to accuse David of the crime. According to the law, David had committed two capital offenses: adultery and deliberate murder. As king, however, David was too powerful to be subject to the human administration of the law. He was not tried for adultery and murder, although what had happened must have been obvious to many around him, even before it was announced publicly by Nathan.
For example, when Joseph found that Mary was pregnant, which implied that she had committed the capital crime of fornication, he simply decided to "dismiss her quietly" (Matt. 1:19; Deut. 22:2021). This, it would seem, was the typical way under Mosaic law of dealing with many capital crimes. Page 35 David the Murderer While the bureaucratization of justice under the law to some extent equalized the position of the common people, there were some whom the law would barely touch. These were people who became the royalty and the aristocrats of the new nation.
The answer to these questions holds the key to our future. Howard Zehr, Director of the Mennonite Central Committee US Office on Crime and Justice, Professor of Sociology and Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University, and Author of Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice, and Doing Life: Reflections of Men and Women Serving Life Sentences Page 13 Preface This book has grown out of deep personal concern which is both religious and social. I have always been opposed to capital punishment.
Against the death penalty: Christian and secular arguments against capital punishment by Gardner C. Hanks