--John McAdams - Marquette University, Department of Political Science, on
deterrenceQuoted at http://www.prodeathpenalty.com
Our Special Focus seeks to cut through the circus atmosphere surrounding
the execution of McVeigh (e.g., execution tee shirts) and the shallow
news-of-the-hour coverage of the European protests to the more transcendent
issues: Is the death penalty just or not? Is it biblical or not? If so, in
what cases? What is the history of capital punishment? Is it a deterrent to
crime? We even briefly look at death, grieving and the afterlife in our
Special Focus. Please let us know what you think of it and tell others,
—Byron Barlowe, Editor/Webmaster, Leadership University
--American Society of Criminologists Annual
Meeting, Montreal, 1987
Catholicism & Capital Punishment
Avery Cardinal Dulles
Cardinal Dulles presents a brief compass which touches on numerous and
complex problems. He concludes with ten theses that encapsulate his
understanding of the Catholic church's doctrine.
Preserving the Dignity of Man: The Case for Capital Punishment
There's no more difficult issue for many Americans than capital punishment.
For most of my life, I opposed it. I thought the death penalty was wrong
because it was too easy to make a mistake and execute an innocent person.
As a lawyer, I knew the system was fallible.
Looks at Old Testament Law, New Testament principles regarding capital
punishment. Also, answers the question of whether capital punishment is
just and whether it is a deterrence.
An Unwonted Uncertainty
Nuechterlein confronts his own ambivalence on the subject of the
death penalty and lands on the side of favoring it. See the author's column
written two years hence, below.
Forgiveness & the Death Penalty
Exactly two years after he wrote in First Things of his ambivalence on
capital punishment, Nuechterlein clarifies some of the issues at stake in
the overheated rhetoric surrounding the death penalty.
Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric
Chapter 4 of "Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric", exploring 25 key issues
dividing the nation of America.
All That Lives Must Die
If death is inevitable, then grief is unavoidable. In this sweeping essay,
the author considers various philosophical bents behind different
approaches to consolation for the grieving.
History of the Death Penalty
Michael H. Reggio
Provides a sweeping history of capital punishment, centering on its history
in the United States. Presents a long list of case history on the death
penalty handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Death Penalty Information Center
Houston MacIntosh, M.D.
Against Death PenaltyRacial Disparities in Federal Death Penalty Prosecutions 1988-1994
Compelling statistical overview of minority representation of death penalty
sentencing and executions.
Go here to see our past Special Focus features.