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  1. The Debate over the merits of capital punishment has endured for years, and continues to be an extremely indecisive and complicated issue.

    But individuals who commit any types of crime ranging from auto theft to 1st-Degree Murder, never take into account the consequences of their actions. Deterrence to crime, is rooted in the individuals themselves. Every human has a personal set of conduct. How much they will and will not tolerate. How far they will and will not go. This personal set of conduct can be made or be broken by friends, influences, family, home, life, etc. An individual who is never taught some sort of restraint as a child, will probably never understand any limit as to what they can do, until they have learned it themselves.

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  2. '14 Days in May' - A Biased Report.

    He was a convicted murderer. Edward Earl Johnson, 18 years old at time, was accused of assaulting a white woman at her home at Walnut Grove, Mississippi and later killing local town marshal, Jake Trest, who had been passing at the time and had tried to intervene to no great avail. Edward Johnson was later picked up at his home by a sheriff. As he had been in the neighbourhood at the time of the assault and murder, due to his car breaking down, he was considered to be an easy suspect.

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  3. Capital Punishment.

    There are mobs that think its funny and tough to beat people up, others put graffiti on public property. Some people get a thrill or a rush from committing petty crimes. Others do it for revenge; if they feel hard done by they make take it out on the people they feel oppress them. Most of all the people I have listed commit crimes to feel good and powerful. There are many methods of punishment, but it isn't always about chastising them. Punishment can be used as deterrence against criminals to stop them from committing crimes and also to deter others not to commit crimes either.

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  4. Explain some of the main beliefs that Christians have about Forgiveness/ Reconciliation and Justice.

    The Old Testament teaches "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth". However the New Testament teaches "turn the other cheek, forgive your enemy". In the New Testament Jesus teaches people about forgiveness using parables such as the Woman caught in Adultery, The Unmerciful Servant and possibly the most important parable of forgiveness: The Parable of the Prodigal Son. The basis of the parable of the Prodigal Son is a man who had two sons- the younger one asked his father for his inheritance early. He used his money to travel far away and spent all his money.

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  5. Capital punishment and religion.

    Vindication suggests that for people to live together the law must be respected and viewed as being fair. At present capital punishment is not applied in Britain, the most serious penalty a court can call for is life imprisonment. In various countries capital punishment is still used. A central principle of a just society is that every individual has a right to 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'. Many countries have accepted for centuries that those individuals who violate this right must pay the ultimate penalty, their death. The debate about capital punishment for murder is dominated by two views.

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  6. Examine at least 2 reasons for believing in life after death

    However this argument is very vulnerable to criticisms. People do not like the idea of being treated unfairly and would always prefer to believe that injustice will always be overcome by justice. Many believers would state that "although I have a "bad" earthly life, when I die, God will reward me with a "good" afterlife." By basing his argument on a similar idea, Freud claimed that belief in live after death is simply a "wish fulfilment" where we believe in what is pleasant for us to believe and not in what many would claim to be the "reality," (ie: "the end of life").

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  7. Capital Punishment

    Firing Squad: The criminal is strapped into a chair and hooded. A target is then placed on the criminal. Five marksmen (four with blanks and one with a real bullet) then take aim and fire at the criminal. Electrocution: The criminal is strapped into a chair where electrodes are placed on his or her head. The criminal is then electrocuted to death. Gas Chamber: The criminal is strapped into a chair and sulphuric acid is strapped underneath the chair. As the chamber is sealed cyanide is released into the room causing a reaction making the criminal fail respiration.

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  8. For my Personal Research Study (PRS), I am going to research Capital Punishment.

    1. What age group are you in? 15-19 20-29 30+ 2. Have you ever been a victim of a crime? Yes No 3. If Yes please explain ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 4. Have you ever been in court for committing a crime? Yes No 5. Do you think that it is a good idea to reintroduce Capital Punishment for crimes such as murder, treason etc. Yes No 6. How would you ensure that no innocent person receives the death penalty? ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 7. Do you think Capital Punishment will deter criminals from committing a crime?

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  9. Capital punishment is the infliction of death by an authorized public authority as punishment for a crime.

    Capital punishment has long been the subject of dispute. While proponents argue that it is a necessary deterrent to the most serious crime, more so than the alternative of life imprisonment, opponents argue either that it is in violation of the human right to life or that inevitable miscarriages of justice will lead to the execution of innocent people. Furthermore, a careful review of the research evidence suggests that capital punishment has no greater deterrent effect than life imprisonment. (See also extra-judicial execution.)

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  10. In This Essay I will explain Buddhists and Christians views on life after death. I will explain why they believe in the afterlife through reincarnation (Buddhists) and resurrection (Christians).

    The deceased is usually dressed in the clothes they have requested (before they died!) or that their family has chosen for them. Once dressed the body is put into a coffin, which is placed in the church with the lid left off so the family and friends can see them one last time. As the priest enters he will say this quote from the gospel " I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me, though he die, yet he shall live, he who believes and lives shall never die". The priest then recites the "lords prayer" and hymns are sung.

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  11. Outline the arguments for and against life after death? Assess the significance of the following: reincarnation, resurrection and the immortality of the soul?

    Socrates is distinguishing himself and his body, which is soon to be lifeless. He is clearly thinking of his real self as something distinct from his body. So according to this argument we shall survive as a disembodied self. Many Muslims believe in a disembodied survival of death during which the soul is questioned and sentenced to either torment or ease until the day comes when the soul and earthly body is reunited2. If human beings are not to be identified with their bodies then there seems no obvious reason why they cannot exist without their bodies.

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  12. Capital punishment - One of the most controversial debates that rages constantly in this country is the argument over whether capital punishment should be outlawed.

    The eighth amendment bars the government from doling out any "cruel or unusual punishment" to its prisoners. Although it is certainly debatable whether execution is cruel and/or unusual, many believe that it is, and therefore is a violation of the eighth amendment. There are many facets to this argument, and even an updated Supreme Court ruling is unlikely to quell the debate. There is also another very contentious point in the debate over capital punishment. Obviously, the penalty of death is the most final punishment possible.

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  13. Capital Punishment - Justice or Murder? - Joe should never be set free, after 20 years of his life sentence, to go on and murder again

    A majority also felt that bringing the death penalty back into force in Britain would help prevent various crimes. These people all shared the same opinion, that criminals on death row should be given the choice of their method of death. My questionnaire also demonstrated that the majority of young people, and many of the people that lived in the era when Capital Punishment was available, would not mind Capital Punishment being reintroduced in our country. I think from the results of the questionnaire that people not wanting the return of the death penalty don't because they feel it is inhumane and that there should be a better way to deal with criminals, rather than resorting to executions.

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  14. Capital Punishment

    So much so if the individual is extremely psychotic, mental care is provided in psychological accommodation. This is an alternative to prisons in terms of stringency but is a secure premises nevertheless. Secondly is the aspect of prisons, which deters potential criminals from committing a crime. The idea of being imprisoned for any length of time is a daunting thought thus dramatically reducing the number of offenders every year. Furthermore a large deal of one's life could be wasted in prison, which is also a very intimidating thought One can only imagine the amount of transgression there would be today in the nonexistence of prisons.

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  15. Capital Punishment Sources Question

    Aristocrats or nobles being higher up the scale believed they 'should not suffer a commoners fate, whatever their crime' as this is what many believed, this is what happened. If an Aristocrat was accused of a crime, depending on the skill of the executioner, death would normally be immediate and beheading was usually the most severe of the punishments. Whereas the lower class offenders would be given the most horrific form of death for the same crime a noble would only be beheaded.

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

    The Salvation Army recognise that the opinions of Salvationists are divided on the morals acceptability of capital punishment and it's effectiveness as a deterrent. Some Christians would say, that their argument for Capital Punishment is because they believe in retribution. Retribution is the concept of revenge for those who have been wronged. In the Old Testament, in the passage; "An eye for an eye, and tooth for tooth," God is shown to be vindictive. Therefore Christians should believe in revenge, and therefore retribution.

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  17. Capital Punishment

    Churches should call for an immediate moratorium and work for the eventual end of the death penalty. Utilitarian Arguments Concerning Capital Punishment Perhaps the most common defenses of capital punishment are on utilitarian grounds. For utilitarians, punishment in general is justified only insofar as it creates a greater balance of happiness vs. unhappiness. From the utilitarian perspective, then, capital punishment is justified if it (1) prevents the criminal from repeating his crime; or (2) deters crime by discouraging would-be offenders. For, both of these contribute to a greater balance of happiness in society. There are several immediate problems with this line of reasoning.

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  18. Why and In What Ways Did Medieval European Attitudes Towards Death Change With the Advancement of the Reformation?

    The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) made sure of that. But as humans advanced in technology and freethinking abounded, the doctrines of the RCC were challenged. These challenges to RC doctrine naturally affected peoples' attitudes towards the most common of human conditions: death. It is no secret that through religion, people attempt to explain and, to a certain extent, control the unknown. These explanations and attempts to control lead to a set of doctrines or beliefs to be followed. These doctrines in turn affect group behavior, in a very literal sense controlling it. Religion is a way of controlling group behavior.

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  19. Let's Give murderers What they Deserve - the Death penalty.Explain the arguments for and against, and where the views of your chosen religion fit in.

    Exodus 21:12 The bible is ambiguous when it come to capital punishment. Some parts speak out in favour of it, and others against it, which is why so many Christians have so many different views. Ex New York senator James Donovan once spoke out in favour of capital punishment, and said: "Where would Christianity be if Jesus got eight to fifteen years off for good behaviour?" The reply was to a Christian Internet forum, and it went "Barbarians. That's what we have become.

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