Joshua, I must disagree with your Christian ethical assessment of the death penalty. You’ve argued first that the Bible does not require it and furthermore that God hates the idea, and secondly that it does not work. The first point is demonstrably incorrect—the Bible in fact commands capital punishment, and thus the second point—it’s efficacy—is somewhat irrelevant; here, however, I also believe your argument suffers from a series of incorrect assumptions. Continue reading The Biblical Mandate for Capital Punishment | A Reply to: (Not) Off With Their Heads
[14:00] …We need to understand as individuals—as Americans—that freedom only exists within a framework of values…and that values only exist within the context of a religious structure and that comes from a true faith in Christ. We see it every day around the world as we try to establish…democracies in places where there’s not a faith in Christ, it becomes very, very difficult for people to control themselves and to live in a free society. Because they’re so used to being controlled from the outside by dictators and police force and armies, they’re not prepared to live free because they don’t have those inner constraints.…
[19:11] …If we allow faith and the freedom of our religion to be purged not just from our private lives but from our public lives we’ve taken away the underpinnings of freedom itself in this country.
—Congressman Jim DeMint, Chapel message, Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina, 22 April 2004
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