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Capital Punishment is no longer practised in our society.Explain what differing Christian attitudes might be to Capital Punishment.

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Capital Punishment is no longer practised in our society.Explain what differing Christian attitudes might be to Capital Punishment. Capital punishment was abolished in our society in 1969 but had been banned in Britain since 1965. There are many forms of punishment with four main aims; to gain retribution, to prevent the crime happening again, to act as a deterrent to others and as a way to reform the offender. Capital Punishment is the ultimate punishment for a crime. It ends the offender's life and they can no longer be a danger to others. Yet it is to argue whether or not this is a suitable form of punishment. Not all Christians are against Capital punishment as there are many arguments in favour of Capital Punishment that they regard to be good reasons to use the death penalty as a form of punishment for someone's crimes. The death penalty acts as a method of retribution. If you commit an awful crime, some Christians would believe you deserve a punishment that gives retribution to the crime you committed. Capital Punishment shows that society will not tolerate such crimes. ...read more.

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(Matthew 5:38-39, 43-44) This quote from Jesus seems to rule out the death penalty. He never directly mentions it but we know he would have been against it. Jesus was friends with outcasts, who were thought to be scum or criminals. He wanted them to repent, change their minds or their ways. He did not believe people like that should be killed and so many Christians today follow the example of Jesus and believe those who commit crimes should not be given the death penalty but rather a chance to reform. Some Christians could then argue that there are many other viable reasons that the death penalty could be used as a form of punishment. The death penalty removes the risk that the murderer would repeat their crime. A study by Isaac Ehrlich found that the murder rate responded to the changes in the likelihood of execution. He concluded that 7 or 8 murders were prevented by each execution from 1933 to 1967. The death penalty can therefore act as a deterrent. People will not commit serious crimes if they will die for them. ...read more.

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In turn this could mean that Jesus wished to reform the non- believers and offenders rather than punish them. We should use this today and if we use the death penalty there would be no chance for offenders to reform. Therefore we will not be setting the example that Jesus set for us. Although peace does not mean sitting back and doing nothing- peace also involves justice, and working for a world without violence so offenders would not go unpunished. Those for Capital Punishment could offer this as an opposite view of what Jesus wanted us to do. Some say Jesus did not believe in pacifism. "Do not think I have come to bring peace to this world. No I did not come to bring peace but a sword." (Matthew 10:34) Some Christians think it is right to defend a good cause. While Christ's ultimate purpose is to bring peace, it may be necessary to take sides and fight to achieve this. Jesus himself used violence to drive the moneychangers out of the temple. "He scattered the coins of the moneychangers and over turned their tables" (John2: 5-6) Capital Punishment is no longer practised in our society. Explain what differing Christian attitudes might be to Capital Punishment. Louise Davidson ...read more.

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