Explain what differing Christian attitudes might be to Capital Punishment.

Explain what differing Christian attitudes might be to Capital Punishment. Capital Punishment is the castigation of a convicted criminal by execution. In 18th Century Britain over two hundred offences carried the death penalty, including such crimes as petty theft and forgery. Over time, the range of crimes punishable by execution reduced considerably. In 1965 the death penalty was abolished for all forms of murder: leaving treason and arson in the Royal Dockyards as the only capital crimes. In many other countries, including some states of the USA, the death penalty has either been eradicated, or is no longer in use. Its effectiveness as a deterrent is still an open question, but the inability to repair a miscarriage of justice, among other things, has made it an unpopular form of punishment in the modern world. A Christian Attitude on any subject is an attitude that Jesus Christ may have shared. But in the Bible the outlooks are so varied that there cannot possibly be one true Christian Attitude for anything: there are many, and it is up to each person to decide which view appeals to them, their principles, and what they believe is right. I intend to look at many of the differing perspectives and attitudes on the subject of Capital Punishment in the Christian world of today and in the past. I will analyse passages of the Bible and attempt to discover the correct context

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capital punishment

Capital punishment Capital punishment or the death penalty is when some one is killed because of the crime's they have committed. Many Christians are against capital punishment but some Christians believe that it's okay sometimes. I am going to explore the reasons why many Christians believe it's wrong and some think Christians agree with the death penalty. Many Christians believe the death penalty is wrong because it doesn't allow anyone to repent or to be forgiven by god. Jesus him self said "but I tell you do not take revenge."(Matthew 5:38-48) He goes on to talk about "turning the other cheek" This takes courage, as the natural human reaction is retaliation. But it is important to understand that it is pretending the problem does not exist and ignoring it - hoping it will go away, it is seeking other ways of solving the problem and calming the immediate situation. Loving your enemies is difficult in practice, but Jesus makes it clear he wants his followers to be different they should "stand out in the crowd". Another valid point is what if you have the wrong person? It means you've just killed an innocent person! But some Christians still believe that capital punishment is acceptable in the world today because the person may not be sorry for the crimes he committed. Capital punishment is a deterrent this means it get justice for the victims of crime, stops people

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Capital Punishment

Leslie Aller Boehler 3rd year of English Essay on "Capital Punishment" In my opinion "Capital Punishment" is a very serious action which people cannot ask for in such a lightly way. It implies the murder of someone in the name of justice, but what kind of justice is that? Certainly not one I would ever want to have in Argentina. A couple of months ago the question about the need for harder actions against criminals brought up this subject of the death penalty into our minds. The thing is that criminals in Argentina are different from the ones in other parts of the world. Here there are a lot of murders committed by poor and intoxicated people, alienated from the society in such a way, that they feel they do not have another alternative from stealing to make a living. This type of criminal is different from a serial killer. Any punishment must be fair, just, adequate and most of all, enforceable. Society still views murder as a particularly heinous crime which should be met with the most severe punishment. Whole life imprisonment could fit the bill for the worst murders with suitable gradations for less awful murders I think that there is still much more we can do to reduce violence in our society instead of this last resource. For example, the government could reduce poverty by giving more work opportunities, or by helping to reduce drug addictions and enforcing

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