Some time ago I had a conversation with a gentleman in which he stated “How can Christians be pro-life and support the death penalty”? It seems like in our country and around the world more and more people are against the idea of capital punishment. Many friends have shown an interest in the subject, so I thought maybe we should examine the concept of capital punishment. I know that some of you may disagree with my position on the subject. In this article I will present some philosophical observations for you to consider. On the next article I will try to answer the most common objections to the idea of capital punishment.
- The idea of life for life, where do you find injustice in this?
- Why it is just for someone to take a life, but that individual only gets prison sentence and then get released.
- Which society places a higher value on human beings? The society which would say, “Human life is so valuable that if you take a human life, your life will be taken”. Or a society that would give prison sentences.
- When we don’t have a just retribution how would that make you feel if someone committed an act of heinous crime against a member of your family?
- We seem to have lots of compassion for the perpetrator, but the victim is left to themselves. Is this a misplaced compassion?
- Does lenient sentencing lead to more crime or not?
- Who should take responsibility for the repeat offender?
- Do you think Jesus and God the father would have a difference of opinion on this subject?
These are some philosophical ideas to think about as we try to examine the concept of capital punishment. In the next article I will try to answer some of the most common objections to the idea of capital punishment.