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by man shall his blood be shed,<br>
for God made man in his own image."</i>
 
===New Testament===
Many also use the following passage from St. [[Apostle Paul|Paul]] as a justification for not changing capital punishment laws:
:''Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities
:''that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist
:''will bring judgment on themselves. (Romans 13:1-2){{note|1}}
 
==The Orthodox View?==
 
It's difficult to define the Church's exact position on capital punishment as it has become a social issue mostly during the last century. Some [[jurisdiction]]s have denounced it in formal statements: for example, this 1989 [http://www.deathpenaltyreligious.org/education/statements/orthodox.html Resolution on the Death Penalty] released by [[OCA]]. However, capital punishment has not been either fully accepted or condemned by the Church as a whole.
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*[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://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment Capital punishment on Wikipedia]
*[http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/articles/ethics/seraphim_capital_punishment.htm A Bishop's Opposition to Capital Punishment] From a letter by Bishop [[Seraphim (Storheim) of Ottawa]]
*[http://www.suscopts.org/q&a/index.php?qid=32&catid=61 A View of Capital Punishment from the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States] (for)
*[http://www.incommunion.org/articles/the-orthodox-church-and-society/ix The Orthodox Peace Fellowship on Crime, Punishment, and Reformation] (against)
*{{ref|1}} King James Version, in public domain. Courtesy of [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rom%2013;&version=50; www.biblegateway.com]
 
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