Christianity and Criminal Punishment

Jeffrie G. Murphy

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Abstract

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 & Society
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2003

Keywords

  • Christianity
  • death penalty
  • punishment
  • religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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