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Beyond Retribution : A New Testament Vision for Justice, Crime, and Punishment

Beyond Retribution : A New Testament Vision for Justice, Crime, and Punishment - 01 edition

Beyond Retribution : A New Testament Vision for Justice, Crime, and Punishment - 01 edition

ISBN13: 9780802847973

ISBN10: 0802847978

Beyond Retribution : A New Testament Vision for Justice, Crime, and Punishment by Christopher D. Marshall - ISBN 9780802847973
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Eerdmans Publishing
Published:
International: No
Beyond Retribution : A New Testament Vision for Justice, Crime, and Punishment by Christopher D. Marshall - ISBN 9780802847973

ISBN13: 9780802847973

ISBN10: 0802847978


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Summary

Recently a growing number of Christians have actively promoted the concept of ''restorative justice'' and attempted to develop programs for dealing with crime based on restorative principles. But is this approach truly consistent with the teaching of Scripture? To date very little has been done to test this claim. Beyond Retribution fills a gap by plumbing the New Testament on the topics of crime, justice, and punishment.

Christopher Marshall first explores the problems involved in applying ethical teachings from the New Testament to mainstream society. He then surveys the extent to which the New Testament addresses criminal justice issues, looking in particular at the concept of the justice of God in the teachings of Paul and Jesus. He also examines the topic of punishment, reviewing the debate in social thinking over the ethics and purpose of punishment -- including capital punishment -- and he advocates a new concept of ''restorative punishment.''