Religious Studies -Crime and Punishment - Religious Arguments

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Christians accept that laws are for the good of society
"Everyone must obey the state authorities, because no authorities exists without God's permission..." (Romans 13.1)
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Reform
Christians believe that punishment and forgiveness can go together, but that there should always be a strong emphasis upon REFORM. The aim of punishment she be to bring reconciliation between the criminal and society.
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Although Jesus was innocently sentenced to death by crucifixion, one of the last things Jesus requested was that God might forgive his executors
"Father forgive them for they know what they do"
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Jesus told his followers that they should forgive others unreservedly, that is without condition.
"Forgive us the wrongs we have done, as we forgive those who have wronged against us" (Lord's Prayer)
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Christians have fought for better and more humane treatment of prisoners
Eg Elizabeth Fry, a Quaker in the 19th century argues for basic human rights for prisoners
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The majority of Christians opposed to capital punishment as it goes against Jesus's command to...
"love your neighbor"
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However some Christians are for capital punishment as they follow the teaching ....
"an eye for an eye"
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Capital punishment breaks one of the Ten Commandments
"You shall not murder"
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The Roman Catholic Church actually support death penalty...
"In cases of extree
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Christians believe that punishment and forgiveness can go together, but that there should always be a strong emphasis upon REFORM. The aim of punishment she be to bring reconciliation between the criminal and society.

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"Father forgive them for they know what they do"

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"Forgive us the wrongs we have done, as we forgive those who have wronged against us" (Lord's Prayer)

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Eg Elizabeth Fry, a Quaker in the 19th century argues for basic human rights for prisoners

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