Archives For Death Penalty


[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”0062347373″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”218″]Imagining a Better Form of Justice

A Review of

Executing Grace:
How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It’s Killing Us
Shane Claiborne

Paperback: HarperOne, 2016
Buy now: [ [easyazon_link identifier=”0062347373″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Amazon[/easyazon_link] ]  [ [easyazon_link identifier=”B00X3MTC38″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Kindle[/easyazon_link] ]

Reviewed by Douglas Graves


Over the years, Shane Claiborne’s work and voice for social justice issues have challenged many in the church to reconsider the role of faith in their everyday lives. His latest book, Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It’s Killing Us, is written in the same vein and certainly has the power to change many Christians’ perspectives on capital punishment. Surprisingly, the book has quite an optimistic ending, encouraging readers that the death penalty is on the run. But Claiborne does much more than simply dismiss any legitimacy still given to the death penalty. By telling stories of individuals behind the numbers and offering a refreshing view of God’s character and his expression of grace, Claiborne invites his readers to imagine a more fulfilling form of justice.

Continue Reading…



One of the best new books of this month is Shane Claiborne’s [easyazon_link identifier=”0062347373″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It’s Killing Us[/easyazon_link] (HarperOne).

Here are a few videos in which Shane explores some of the key themes of the book. Don’t miss Shane’s conversation with Bryan Stephenson, author of our Best Book of 2014, [easyazon_link identifier=”081298496X” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption[/easyazon_link].


Book Trailer:

Continue Reading…


Demands of the Dead - Katy Ryan, EditorAre We Demeaned by the Death Penalty?

A Feature Review of

Demands of the Dead: Executions, Storytelling, and Activism in the United States

Katy Ryan, ed.

Paperback: U of Iowa Press, 2012.
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]

Reviewed by Caitlin Michelle Desjardins.

All Western Democracies, and most countries in the world, have abandoned the Death Penalty for even the most egregious of crimes. The United States, however, persists with the practice. The only countries today where children can be sentenced to death are Saudi Arabia, the Congo, Iran, Pakistan, Yemen, Nigeria and the United States. And in the United States, the death penalty is deeply rooted in our history of slavery, racial oppression and violence. The rate for imprisonment of black men in America is determined to be five times the rate for imprisonment of black men in South Africa, during apartheid.

Continue Reading…


David Dow’s new book, The Autobiography of an Execution, “is in part an exploration of the politics behind the death penalty and an argument for its abolition. It’s also a memoir; Dow delves into how this line of work has affected his family life.”

The Autobiography of an Execution.
David R. Dow.

Hardcover: Twelve, 2010.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]