Is Capital Punishment Barbaric, Uncivilized & Always Wrong?
It is the issue that simply will not go away. No, not that issue. The other one—or should I say, one of the other two. In any case, it is less intrusive into our daily lives than homosexuality and abortion. But it is nonetheless recurring. Yesterday it revolved around what to do with people like Karla Faye Tucker, Timothy McVeigh, and the "Unabomber." Today it concerns our response to the Boston Marathon bombings, the D.C. mansion murders, the Memphis mother who (as I write) has just slit the throats of four of her children under five years of age, and—of course, more mundanely—death penalty referenda . . .
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J. Daryl Charles serves as the Acton Institute Affiliated Scholar in Theology & Ethics. He is author, co-author or editor of seventeen books, including: Wisdom’s Works: Essays on Ethics, Vocation, and Cultural Engagement (Acton Institute, forthcoming), America and the Just War Tradition: A History of U.S. Conflicts (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2019), Natural Law and Religious Freedom (Routledge, 2018), and The Just War Tradition: An Introduction (ISI Books, 2012). He is a contributing editor to Touchstone.
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