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By Gardner C. Hanks

Drawing on outdated and New testomony assets in addition to secular arguments, Gardner C. Hanks indicates that the loss of life penalty harms instead of is helping any quest for a simply, humane society. He demonstrates via study facts that the dying penalty is an useless crime-fighting software.

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As a librarian, I had access to many sources of data, and I have also received much information over the years from Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and the Death Penalty Information Center. I decided that perhaps I was meant to write the book. My work of putting information together and the actual writing has confirmed this feeling. As I have prepared the book, one issue has continually faced me. Who is the intended audience for the book?

Since we are never blameless, we never have the right to kill. Instead, our reaction to sin must be forgiveness, even as we ask for the forgiveness of our own sins. If we cannot forgive others, then we have no right to expect anyone, including God, to forgive our sins. Jesus made this explicit in Matthew 6:1415. " Page 42 The Most Famous Execution That Christians should oppose the death penalty is clear in what Jesus taught during his ministry, and it can also be found in the example set by his own death.

Executions were rarely carried out by Jewish authorities. C. book of Susanna, in the Apocrypha. But cross-examination of defense witnesses was strictly controlled. Judges were required to fast a full day before rendering a verdict. Even up to the point of the actual execution, defendants were given the chance to provide mitigating evidence. On the way to the execution, a herald announced the name of the condemned and the witnesses against him, and asked for others to come forward to show that the execution was unwarranted.

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