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God's Just Vengeance: Crime, Violence and the Rhetoric of Salvation

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Christian theology was potent in Western society until the nineteenth century, and the so-called satisfaction theory of the atonement interacted and reacted with penal practice. This book examines the relationship between the theologies of atonement and penal strategies.
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"...[an] extraordinarily learned volume....unusually perceptive and even profound. It should be read and studied carefully by everyone involved in the administration of criminal justice." Law Books In Review

"...the author convincingly demonstrates how an atonement model invariably leads to a retributivist strategy based on punishing offenders." The Canadian Catholic Review

"...a fine piece of detective work." Theological Studies

"...this is an ambitious and thought-provoking book." Rachel Fulton, Law and History Review

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Table of Contents

General editors' preface
List of abbreviations
1 Religion and retribution 1
Pt. I The Cultural Formation of Atonement: Biblical Sources
2 Blood which makes atonement 33
3 Accounting for the cross 58
Pt. II Making Satisfaction: Atonement and Penalty 1090-1890
4 The ladder of all high designs 85
5 The wounds of Christ 104
6 Three angry letters in a book 126
7 The moral government of the universe 156
8 The age of atonement 193
Pt. III Contemporary Directions in Atonement and Penal Theory
9 The gospel and retribution 223
10 Forgiveness, crime and community 248
Select bibliography 272
Index 278
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