A friend of mine who is in the process of moving from a vague atheism/agnosticism to Christianity of some sort (it remains to be seen), asks the following:
Do you know of some Christian pro/con arguments on the Death Penalty?
I am against the death penalty myself, at least in the First World (or anywhere else where penal institutions can successfully prevent recidivism, even if they often don’t). But if anyone wants to provide good reasons, either for or against, it might make for a more dynamic answer. Here’s what I’m looking for:
- Your own views on the death penalty
- Arguments pro and con
- Answers to said arguments
- Biblical justification (he asked for “Christian pro/con arguments,” after all)
Anyways, feel free to either e-mail them to me or post them in the comment box. I’ll take whatever anyone says and try to incorporate it into the answer (as well as linking him to this post, if there are comments).
He’s in a transitional state right now, and he’s more open-minded on his views on things than most people usually are: I think his realization that there really is a God has opened him up to rethinking a lot of his earlier conclusions. So anything you say or write, please do it with a spirit of charity and evangelism!