Doing Justice to Mercy: Religion, Law, and Criminal Justice (Studies in Religion & Culture)

Doing Justice to Mercy: Religion, Law, and Criminal Justice (Studies in Religion & Culture)

By: Matthew Myer Boulton (editor), Kevin Jung (editor), Jonathan Rothchild (editor)Paperback

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It is often assumed that the law and religion address different spheres of human life. Religion and ethics articulate complex systems of moral reasoning that concern norms, deliberation of ends, cultivation of disposition, and transformation of moral agency. Law, in contrast, seeks to govern human conduct through procedural justice, rights, and public good. ""Doing Justice to Mercy"" challenges this assumption by presenting the reader with an urgent conversation between the law and religion that yields a constructive approach, both theoretically and practically, to the complex role of mercy in our legal process. Authored by legal practitioners, activists, and theorists in addition to theologians and ethicists, the essays collected here are informed by timeless principles, and yet they could not be timelier. The trend in sentencing moves toward an increased severity, and the number of incarcerated people in the United States is at an all-time high. In the half-decade since 9/11, moreover, homeland security has established itself as a permanent fixture in our lives. In this atmosphere, the current volume seeks initially to clarify how justice and mercy intertwine in relation to a number of issues, such as rehabilitation, the death penalty, domestic violence, and war crimes. Exploring the legal, philosophical, and theological grounds for mercy in our courts, the discussion then moves to the practical ways in which mercy may be implemented.

About Author

Jonathan Rothchild is Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Matthew Myer Boulton is Assistant Professor of Worship and Preaching at Andover Newton Theological School. Kevin Jung is Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at the Wake Forest University Divinity School.

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  • ISBN13: 9780813926438
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780813926438
  • ISBN10: 0813926432

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