Jesus on Death Row: The Trial of Jesus and American Capital Punishment

Karl Barth once asked a poignant question about capital punishment: “Now that Jesus Christ has been nailed to the cross for the sins of the world, how can we still use the thought of expiation to establish the death penalty?” With that in mind, I eagerly anticipated reading this book by Mark Osler, a professor of law at Baylor University and a former federal prosecutor. Osler wonders why American Christians, “who follow a religion whose central narrative is an execution,” continue to support a criminal justice system that involves procedures “remarkably similar to the process that Christ encountered.”

 

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