The Bible and Capital Punishment

Philosophy and Theology 22 (1/2):279-283 (2010)
Abstract
Many Christians are split on whether they believe we should endorse or oppose capital punishment. Each side claims Biblical support for their professed position. This essay cannot hope to bring this debate to a conclusion. However, it will try to offer a different perspective. The essay recognizes that the Bible itself offers statements in support of each position. The proposed way forward is not to claim there is a contradiction, but to place greater emphasis on understanding these statements in their particular contexts, specifically with reference to their relation to Jesus’ New Covenant. Such a perspective should lead us to oppose capital punishment
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Philosophy and Religion
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DOI 10.5840/philtheol2010221/212
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