God's Just Vengeance

Crime, Violence and the Rhetoric of Salvation

by Timothy Gorringe;

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God's Just Vengeance

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This 1996 book examines the relationship between the theologies of atonement and penal strategies. Christian theology was potent in Western society until the nineteenth century, and the so-called 'satisfaction theory' of atonement interacted and reacted with penal practice. Drawing on the work of Norbert Elias and David Garland, the author argues that atonement theology created a structure of affect which favoured retributive policies. He ranges freely between Old Testament texts, St Anselm, and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British social history, to show the integral connection between sin and crime, the legal and the moral. The question arises if the preaching of the cross not only desensitised us to judicial violence but even lent it sanction. The last two chapters review theory and practice in the twentieth century, and Timothy Gorringe makes concrete proposals for both theology and criminal and societal violence.

God's Just Vengeance by Timothy Gorringe was published by Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) in January 2010. The ISBN for God's Just Vengeance is 9780511627934.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatOnline resource
PublisherCambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) (January 2010)
Product Code4491829
Page last updated 1st October 2016
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