Christianity and Criminal Punishment

Jeffrie Murphy

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    Christianity organizes thinking about punishment around the value of love. Love requires a focus on the common good and on benefit to the soul or character. Punishments harmful to the soul are to be avoided, and punishments beneficial to the soul are to be favored. This has important implications for the death penalty.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)261-277
    Number of pages17
    JournalPunishment and Society
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Jul 1 2003


    • Christianity
    • death penalty
    • punishment
    • religion

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Law

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