Against the death penalty: Christian and secular arguments by Gardner C. Hanks

By Gardner C. Hanks

Drawing on outdated and New testomony assets in addition to secular arguments, Gardner C. Hanks indicates that the demise penalty harms instead of is helping any quest for a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 information that the demise penalty is an useless crime-fighting device.

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This system led to an unregulated cycle of violence, in which families could be trapped into continuous and deadly conflict with each other. When such a blood feud arose, every member of both families, no matter how innocent of any crime, was subject to deadly attacks. Old Testament scholars have long recognized that the Mosaic law was meant to be a limitation on violence rather than an endorsement of it. 1 The written laws came into Israel's history at a time when the community was passing from a nomadic, tribal society to a more stable, agricultural society with a more centralized government.

HANKS BOISE, IDAHO Page 21 Acknowledgments No book is the work of one person working in a vacuum. That is particularly true of a book based on the research of many others. In the notes, the names of individual authors indicate the sources of my information. Many of the authors listed there have made major contributions to the intellectual arguments against the death penalty for many years. I know how lonely such opposition can be, and so these men and women have my greatest respect and gratitude.

Given human nature, these laws were undoubtedly disregarded at times, but the law as a whole stressed that it should not be easy to convict someone of a crime, especially when the penalty was Page 33 death. Indeed, if the standards for testimony used in the Deuteronomic law were applied in our own criminal justice system, it is doubtful that there would be many convictions in death penalty cases. The Cities of Refuge. To the above provisions, the law also added a unique system for the further protection of the unintentional killer.

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