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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Drawing on outdated and New testomony assets in addition to secular arguments, Gardner C. Hanks exhibits that the dying penalty harms instead of is helping any quest for a simply,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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If the killer could escape to the city, and if the congregation found that the homicide was unintentional, he could remain in the city of refuge in safety. The avenger of blood (a holdover concept from the blood feud in which the victim's next of kin acted as executioner) could not take revenge on him. However, if the congregation found that the murder was intentional, or if the murderer left the city of refuge before the death of the high priest, then the avenger could kill him. As with the requirements for witnesses, the cities of refuge limited the revenge that could be taken for a homicide.

From a human viewpoint, the law broke down when powerful people could avoid its condemnation. Only God could punish the king. Page 36 In David's sin and its consequences, weaknesses of the law became apparent. Such weaknesses were reaffirmed in the subsequent histories of both Judah and Israel. While the law itself may have been intended to equalize the position of community members, in reality the human administration of the law continued to treat people differently. " It was this weakness that called for an entirely new social arrangementa new society of God's reign shown in the New Testament.

Throughout the process, Suzie, my wife has been my greatest support. She diplomatically and correctly helped me edit the original manuscript. Without her help, this book would still be sitting in a cardboard cabinet next to the microwave. Page 25 1 Life for Life? Old Testament Perspectives The Bible is a source of values for many people in North America. The Old Testament is at the center of the Jewish faith and along with the New Testament speaks powerfully to all serious Christians. Christians who defend capital punishment scripturally most often do so with references to the Old Testament.

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