Rethinking the Death Penalty
by Bruce Shapiro. From The Nation, July 22, 2002.
The End of Innocence
by Philip Brasfield. From our Nov-Dec 2000 issue.
Soaked in Grace
An interview with death row lawyer Bryan Stevenson by Doug Davidson.
From our Jan-Feb 2000 issue.
Uprooting the Seeds of Violence
by Bernice King. From our Sep-Dec 97 issue.
our September/December 1997 issue focuses on the Death Penalty
An Unrelenting Terror
an article by Philip Brasfield
Walking Through the Fire
by Helen Prejean
Practical Actions Against Capital Punishment
by Mark William Olson
The God Who Dared
by Mark William Olson
Biblical Traditions and the Death Penalty
an article by Britt Johnson
Bible Passages for Discussion
Dead Man Walking Study Guide
Relevant Web Links
Dismantling the Death Penalty
From Roots and Branches
As followers of Jesus Christ, the one who incarnated God's own
love, compassion, and forgiveness, we at The Other Side abhor
capital punishment. As people of faith, we feel called to stand
against the death penalty.
While the ethical problems with capital punishment are many, our
opposition to the death penalty is rooted most fundamentally in
the teachings and life of Jesus. Jesus came preaching good news
to the poor and proclaiming release for prisoners. He spent his
life with those society considered irredeemable, inviting all
people into full fellowship and new life.
Jesus called his disciples to avoid judgment, reminding us that
as we have been forgiven, we are to forgive. He challenged the
one without sin to throw the first stone.
We offer the following resources in the hopes that
as you consider the death penalty from a Christian perspective,
your commitment to the ways of Jesus will be nourished.
as you study capital punishment in our society, your opposition
to the death penalty will grow stronger.
by using the material in small group settings, you will also
help others to grow in their commitment to Jesus and opposition
to the death penalty.
as you learn more about others working to end capital
punishment, you will find support and be empowered to join in the
struggle against this violence.
Please contact us with
suggestions for additional resources or web links which should be
included to make this resource cluster more complete. Or just
let us know how this material has impacted your life and work!
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