Capital punishment

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'''Capital punishment''' (commonly referred to as the '''death penalty''') is the execution of a convicted criminal, carried out by a State.  The punishment is applied in cases where someone has commited one or more ''capital crimes'' or ''capital offenses'' (i.e. murder, treason).  The definition of a capital crime varies from country to country. 
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==Capital punishment in the Bible==
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===Old Testament===
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Supporters of capital punishment point to [[Book of Genesis|Genesis]] 9:6, which states:<br>
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<i>"Whoever sheds the blood of man,<br>
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by man shall his blood be shed,<br>
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for God made man in his own image."</i>
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==Other Resources==
 
==Other Resources==
 
*[http://www.firstthings.com/ftissues/ft0104/articles/dulles.html Catholicism & Capital Punishment] by Avery Cardinal Dulles, ''First Things'' 112 (April 2001): 30-35 (one Roman Catholic viewpoint)
 
*[http://www.firstthings.com/ftissues/ft0104/articles/dulles.html Catholicism & Capital Punishment] by Avery Cardinal Dulles, ''First Things'' 112 (April 2001): 30-35 (one Roman Catholic viewpoint)
 
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment Capital punishment on Wikipedia]
 
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Revision as of 13:16, May 28, 2006

Capital punishment (commonly referred to as the death penalty) is the execution of a convicted criminal, carried out by a State. The punishment is applied in cases where someone has commited one or more capital crimes or capital offenses (i.e. murder, treason). The definition of a capital crime varies from country to country.

Capital punishment in the Bible

Old Testament

Supporters of capital punishment point to Genesis 9:6, which states:
"Whoever sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed,
for God made man in his own image."


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