The Fall Of The Prison

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Examining prisons from the perspectives of sociology, theology, history, and biblical exegesis, Griffith argues that the church has taken a woefully wrong turn by aligning itself with the traditional justice system. He shows how prisons are clearly ineffective at deterring crime and rehabilitating offenders and maintains that Christians should be even more concerned with how the prison fails in principle than how it fails in practice.

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Overview

Examining prisons from the perspectives of sociology, theology, history, and biblical exegesis, Griffith argues that the church has taken a woefully wrong turn by aligning itself with the traditional justice system. He shows how prisons are clearly ineffective at deterring crime and rehabilitating offenders and maintains that Christians should be even more concerned with how the prison fails in principle than how it fails in practice.

Examining prisons from the perspectives of sociology, theology, history, and biblical exegesis, Griffith argues that the church has taken a woefully wrong turn by aligning itself with the traditional justice system. He shows how prisons are clearly ineffective at deterring crime and rehabilitating offenders and maintains that Christians should be even more concerned with how the prison fails in principle than how it fails in practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802806703
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
I Prisons and the Relevance of the Gospel 1
The Temporal Relevance of the Kingdom 5
Traditional Appeals to Romans 13 and the Theologies of Two Kingdoms 23
II Prisons and the Social Order 29
The Illusion of Rehabilitation 39
The Illusion of Deterrence 51
The Cult of Retribution 58
Inside 69
Scapegoats 78
III Prisons and the Bible 87
Prisons and the Old Testament 89
Prisons and the New Testament 102
Jesus the Prisoner 118
IV Prisons and the Churches 127
The Early Church 137
Christendom 141
Prison Reform/Prison Entrenchment 157
V Prisons and Discipleship 177
Our Shared Criminality 181
Alternatives to What? 187
Seeking to Live the Fall of the Prison 203
Bibliography 229
Index of Scripture References 251
Index of Names and Subjects 254
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