OK – with the genocidal tyrant Saddam Hussein now facing execution, the topic of capital punishment has once more come to the fore. As you know, I fully support capital punishment though I understand others do not and I respect their point of view. My primary reason for supporting it is Biblical, and I am much obliged to my friend Peter C Glover, for providing us with what I believe to be the BEST case for the death penalty…. from a Biblical perspective. Those who do not care for the Bible may not get a lot from this, those who do put their faith in the Bible may find Peter’s analysis both comprehensive and compelling…
I should also add that Peter has collated his thoughts on this along with several other major issues in his book "The Politics of Faith"…it’s a great read and I recommend it to all discerning ATW readers. Here’s an excerpt from Peter’s article…
"Saddam and the Biblical (Judeo-Christian) case for the death penalty"
So Saddam has been convicted and sentenced – to death. Immediately, the Western liberal human rights lobbies have galvanized themselves to try to prevent it. They know only too well that if the case for anyone – even a mass murdering tyrant – can be proved reasonable and right morally, then the case for the death penalty per se is also made out. But I have found the human rights lobbies together with woolly-minded liberal Christians to be less than logical when confronted by pure reason and the Word of God itself.
That’s why they do their level best to avoid being confronted by cogent argument.
Though I am more than prepared to argue the case for the death penalty from pure reason – as I have in my book The Politics of Faith that is not my focus here. I have been asked rather to focus squarely on the biblical teaching on the subject and will confine my case to it. And what our review will plainly reveal is that the Bible, New and Old Testament, is unequivocal on the subject: the Bible not only teaches the case for the death penalty but shows that the state which carries executes for murder is actually doing God’s will. So let us straight away turn to the biblical evidence.
Read the rest here.
If you want to pursue this issue with Peter, feel free to pop over to his place, I just know that he loves liberals…!