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By Gardner C. Hanks

Drawing on previous and New testomony assets in addition to secular arguments, Gardner C. Hanks exhibits that the loss of life penalty harms instead of is helping any quest for a simply, humane society. He demonstrates via study information that the loss of life penalty is an useless crime-fighting software.

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Page 32 Given that the methods of modern criminology were not available and that cases were handled with dispatch, it can be assumed that "witnesses" in the Deuteronomic code refers primarily to eyewitnesses. It is a high standard to require this degree of proof, having at least two eyewitnesses. Murder is frequently committed in secret. When other people are present at a murder, they are often involved in one way or anotherthus making them suspect as witnesses. The second Deuteronomic rule regarding witnesses was that they must also act as the executioners in capital cases.

For a person to atone for a serious sin, that person's life must be forfeit. Much as sacrificing an animal paid God back for less-serious crimes, human sacrifice through the death penalty restored the balance of justice after a more serious crime had been committed. This belief, deeply embedded in human consciousness, predated the Mosaic law and can still be heard in arguments for the death penalty today. For example, the idea that the death penalty must exist to "balance out" murder or "to make things right, is a secular expression of this belief.

Page 27 God told Noah that there would be a reckoning for killing other human beings. The text of Genesis 9:6 follows. " The passage certainly is descriptive of how life was at the time. The murder of a family member could bring the beginning of prolonged revenge-seeking in the form of a blood feud. Thus, a murder was not necessarily one isolated violent event; it could be one of many acts in a cycle of violence. In retaliation, one murder led to another murder, which led to another in further retaliation, and so on.

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