Religion and the Death Penalty

A Call for Reckoning

By Erik C. Owens (Editor); John D. Carlson (Editor); Eric P. Elshtain (Editor)
(William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Paperback, 9780802821720, 294pp.)

Publication Date: August 2004

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Foreword by Jean Bethke ElshtainThis important book is sure to foster informed public discussion about the death penalty by deepening readers' understanding of how religious beliefs and perspectives shape thiscontentious issue. Featuring a fair, balanced appraisal of its topic, "Religion and the Death Penalty" brings thoughtful religious reflection to bear on current challenges facing thecapital justice system.One look at the list of contributors reveals the significance of this book. Here are recognized leaders from the academy, government, and public life who also represent a wide range offaith commitments, including Jewish, Christian, and Muslim. Like many people of faith and goodwill, the authors disagree with one another, variously supporting retention, reform, orabolition of capital punishment. As a result, the book presents the most comprehensive and well-rounded religiously oriented discussion of the death penalty available.Contributors Khaled Abou El FadlVictor AndersonJeanne BishopJ. BudziszewskiJohn D. CarlsonMario M. CuomoE. J. Dionne Jr.Avery Cardinal Dulles, S. J.Eric P. ElshtainRichard W. GarnettStanley HauerwasFrank KeatingGilbert MeilaenderDavid NovakErik C. OwensGeorge H. RyanAntonin ScaliaPaul SimonGlen H. StassenMichael L. Westmoreland-WhiteBeth Wilkinson

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