Executing Grace by Shane Claiborne
How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It's Killing Us

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Proponents of the death penalty (among others) may be put off by his localization of the issue as a problem inherent to the Southern states, specifically to Southern evangelicals. In this often moving and unsettling book, Claiborne provides a meaningful contribution to a deeply fraught topic.
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In this reasoned exploration of justice, retribution, and redemption, the champion of the new monastic movement, popular speaker, and author of the bestselling The Irresistible Revolution offers a powerful and persuasive appeal for the abolition of the death penalty.

The Bible says an eye for an eye. But is the state’s taking of a life true—or even practical—punishment for convicted prisoners? In this thought-provoking work, Shane Claiborne explores the issue of the death penalty and the contrast between punitive justice and restorative justice, questioning our notions of fairness, revenge, and absolution.

Using an historical lens to frame his argument, Claiborne draws on testimonials and examples from Scripture to show how the death penalty is not the ideal of justice that many believe. Not only is a life lost, so too, is the possibility of mercy and grace. In Executing Grace, he reminds us of the divine power of forgiveness, and evokes the fundamental truth of the Gospel—that no one, even a criminal, is beyond redemption.

 

About Shane Claiborne

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Chris Haw, an aspiring potter, carpenter, painter, and theologian, lives in Camden, NJ, with his wife, Cassie, and his fellow community members. Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution and Jesus for President, is a founder of The Simple Way, a community in inner-city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. Www.thesimpleway.org SPANISH BIO: Shane obtuvo su titulo de la Universidad de Eastern, y curso estudios de postgrado en el Seminario de Princeton. Su experiencia ministerial es variada, pasando por una mision de diez semanas junto a la Madre Teresa de Calcuta, y a un ano dedicado al servicio de la acaudalada mega iglesia Willow Creek Community Church ubicada en las afueras de Chicago. Tambien ayudo a fundar El Camino Simple (The Simple Way), una comunidad de fe en areas urbanas marginales de la ciudad de Filadelfia que ha logrado crear y unir a comunidades de fe radical por todo el mundo. Shane escribe y viaja extensamente para hablar sobre la reconciliacion, la justicia social, y sobre Jesus. el es uno de los personajes que aparecen en la serie de DVD 'Otro Mundo Es Posible' y es autor de varios libros entre los que figuran Revolucion irresistible y Jesus para presidente. Shane participa en mas de 100 charlas anuales en unos doce paises y en casi todos los estados de los Estados Unidos.
 
Published June 7, 2016 by HarperOne. 320 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy, History. Non-fiction
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Proponents of the death penalty (among others) may be put off by his localization of the issue as a problem inherent to the Southern states, specifically to Southern evangelicals. In this often moving and unsettling book, Claiborne provides a meaningful contribution to a deeply fraught topic.

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