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Getting EvenForgiveness and Its Limits$
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Jeffrie G. Murphy

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178555

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178555.001.0001

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Christianity and Criminal Punishment

Christianity and Criminal Punishment

(p.95) Nine Christianity and Criminal Punishment
Getting Even

Jeffrie G. Murphy

Oxford University Press

The issue of criminal punishment is explained in detail in this chapter. The belief that Christian-based forgiveness is incompatible with all punishment is argued to be mistaken. How it poses an important challenge to the practice of punishment, however, is also into account. Human beings, according to Christian belief, are commanded to love both God and his neighbor. The degree to which Christian love commandment is consistent with criminal punishment is explored and the chapter aspires to develop a Christian framework for the understanding of criminal punishment. The complexity of the relationship between Christianity and criminal punishment and certain considerations to which Christian approach to punishment can be regarded are briefly identified as well.

Keywords:   criminal punishment, Christian-based forgiveness, commandment, Christian approach

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