The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America

The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America

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by Mark Lewis Taylor
     
 

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Since 1980 the number of prisoners in the U.S. has tripled to over 2 million people, 70 percent of them people of color. Indeed, 3,600 people are on America's death rows. This growth industry currently employs 523,000 people.


Among abuses that Mark Taylor notes in this "theater of terror" are capital punishment, inordinate sentencing, violations of… See more details below

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Since 1980 the number of prisoners in the U.S. has tripled to over 2 million people, 70 percent of them people of color. Indeed, 3,600 people are on America's death rows. This growth industry currently employs 523,000 people.


Among abuses that Mark Taylor notes in this "theater of terror" are capital punishment, inordinate sentencing, violations of fairness in both process and results, racism in the justice system and prisons, prison rape and other terrorizing techniques, and paramilitary policing practices.


With 25 years of involvement with prison reform, Taylor passionately describes and explains the excesses and injustices in our corrections system and capital punishment to foster compassionate and effective Christian action. "Remembering the executed Jesus is crucial to mobilizing effective response to �lockdown
America' today," says Taylor.

His book convincingly relates the life-engendering power of God—demonstrated in Jesus' cross and resurrection—to the potential transformation of the systems of death and imprisonment.

Author Biography:
Mark Lewis Taylor is Professor of Theology and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. Among his publications is Remembering Esperanza: A Cultural-Political Theology for North American Praxis (1990). He is also editor of the Paul Tillich, The Making of Modern Theology (1991), and co-editor of Reconstructing Christian Theology (1996).

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As more Christians begin taking stands on the justice system (see review of Charles Colson's Justice That Restores, this issue), some are critiquing it as an "injustice" system. In The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America, Princeton Theological Seminary professor Mark Lewis Taylor attacks U.S. prisons as racist and unjust. Taylor discusses violations such as prison rape, excessively long sentences and capital punishment, employing the example of Jesus as a means of transforming an evil system. "It is time to confess forthrightly that in Jesus of Nazareth, God suffered not just death but execution... supported by religious officials," he notes. Taylor's voice is strident and uncompromising, making this a moving if controversial read. ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
In this work, Taylor (theology and culture, Princeton Theological Seminary) discusses the similarities between the current U.S. prison system and that of imperial Rome, where Jesus Christ and his followers were considered a criminal element. He explains how economics, a culture of terror, and other methods of catalyzing people have created a "lockdown society" in which the downtrodden suffer punitive indignities. The rise of the prison population, under the premise of protecting society, has diminished the freedom for society as a whole, with the United States leading the way for a global lockdown. Taylor shows how ancient Rome saw the crucifixion as a just deterrent and method of control over poorer and slave populations who might threaten the system of imperial privilege if they resisted authority. Jesus created a popular movement that dared to challenge the elite, leading Pontius Pilate to deploy his only means of control over the unrest execution. Taylor points to a current movement that also seeks to undermine police brutality, prison industries, and the death penalty. This book serves as a reminder and expos of the systemic failure of criminal justice as it creates more victims of crime and dishonors those already victimized, but Taylor strays from his premise. This is recommended only for larger religious and sociology collections. Leo Kriz, West Des Moines P.L. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451413878
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,116,837
File size:
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