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

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

by Timothy Gorringe, Duncan Forrester, Alistair Kee
     
 
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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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521553018
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2011
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Ideology and Religion Series , #9
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)

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