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The Death Penalty on Trial: Taking A Life for A Life Taken Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2009

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Gleason makes a bold and compelling case that the death penalty is the biblically mandated punishment for murder. While it is true that capital punishment was used in biblical days for a host of crimes, including Sabbath breaking, blasphemy, witchcraft, and belligerent children, Scripture teaches, he argues, that the death penalty for murder is for all time. A major point of the book is that while all murder is killing, not all killing is murder as in the case of self-defense, just wars, or the death penalty (59, 100).

Genesis 9:5–6 is “a foundational text” (24) because the covenant made with Noah was unilateral, universal, and everlasting (25–26). This text also provides the reason premeditated murder is a capital crime. “Murder is a capital crime because man is made in the image of God. Being God’s image bearer gives man a particular value that can never be eradicated” (26). Man’s divine creation provides the moral basis for the sanctity of human life. “Murder is punished with death because to kill another human being is to destroy one who is a bearer of the divine image” (27). Thus, murder is a direct assault upon God himself. Although Gleason does not address differences among theologians as to what extent God’s image remains in sinful man, Genesis 9:5–6 “direct us to the inherent value that every human being has due to the fact that he is created in the image of God” (27).
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Fuzziness on ethical issues is the bane of modern thinking. Happily, there is a voice of clear reason on the scene. Dr. Ron Gleason brings genuine moral clarity to the issue of capital punishment by his illuminating survey of American History. The reader will be most appreciative of Dr. Gleason’s masterful discussion of the objections to the death penalty. This book is a must-read for all lawyers, judges, and law officers.
Pastor Carl Robbins, Senior Minister, Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC

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Dr. Ron Gleason challenges both sides of the capital-punishment debate to know and articulate their positions more definitively. He avoids simplistic answers to this serious topic, recognizing that real lives are at stake. This book assesses and provides clear guidance for establishing and maintaining a safe and righteous society.
—Dr. Dominic A. Aquila, President, New Geneva Theological Seminary Colorado Springs, CO

In a society that wants to deny a divine absolute standard, I find Dr. Gleason’s work both challenging and thought-provoking as he systematically provides the Biblical basis supporting his view on capital punishment.
—Brad Dacus, Esq., President, Pacific Justice Institute, Sacramento, CA

Fuzziness on ethical issues is the bane of modern thinking. Happily, there is a voice of clear reason on the scene. Dr. Ron Gleason brings genuine moral clarity to the issue of capital punishment by his illuminating survey of American History. The reader will be most appreciative of Dr. Gleason’s masterful discussion of the objections to the death penalty. This book is a must-read for all lawyers, judges, and law officers.
—Pastor Carl Robbins, Senior Minister, Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC

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  • Publisher : Nordskog Publishing (February 1, 2009)
  • Language : English
  • Mass Market Paperback : 152 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0979673674
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0979673672
  • Item Weight : 8.3 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.38 x 9 inches
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