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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Murphy on "Christianity and Criminal Punishment"

From 2004:

Following up on my exchange (below) with Vince, I recommend enthusiastically -- to anyone interested in what Christianity means for our thinking, and our acting, regarding criminal punishment -- an essay by Professor Jeffrie Murphy, of Arizona State University:  "Christianity and Criminal Punishment."  Unfortunately, I have not been able to find a link to the paper, but it is available in the <a href="journalhttp://www.sagepub.com/journalIssue.aspx?pid=99&jiid=1025100503">journal</a>, Punishment and Society, and also as a chapter in Murphy's new <a href="bookhttp://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index%3Dstripbooks%26field-keywords%3Djeffrie%252520murphy%252520getting%252520even%26store-name%3Dbooks/103-9038779-0883019">book</a>, "Getting Even:  Forgiveness and its Limits."  Many readers are likely familiar with another work of his, "Forgiveness and Mercy" (with Jean Hampton).

Here's a blurb from the abstract:  "Christianity organizes thinking about punishment around the value of love.  Love requires a focus on the common good and on benefit to the soul or character.  Punishments harmmful to the soul are to be avoided, and punishments beneficial to the soul are to be favored."


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