The Protestant Ethic and Spirit of Punishment Paperback

by T.Richard Snyder;

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The Protestant Ethic and Spirit of Punishment

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This bold work confronts the spirit of punishment that permeates our culture and its deleterious effects on today's penal system and society at large. Rooted in experiences of prison reality, the book sets forth an original theory about the theological roots of our current punitive ethos and offers a creative antidote informed by a commitment to restorative justice. Snyder shows that the spirit of punishment in our culture is rooted in and reinforced by popular Christian misunderstandings of human nature and God's grace. These misunderstandings include two consequential errors: the absence of any notion of "creation grace" and an understanding of "redemption grace" couched exclusively in individualistic, internalized, and nonhistorical terms. In both cases the social-historical dimensions of grace necessary for holistic redemption are ignored. These theological distortions, coupled with a prevailing cultural context that divides people between "them" and "us"-the most virulent form of which is racism-make a spirit of punishment inevitable. Snyder finds clues for a different understanding of humanity and God in responses to crime categorized as "restorative justice". These alternative perspectives seek redemption not only for the perpetrator but also for the victims of crime and the larger community. They also recognize all persons as "graced," no matter what their actions may have been. Drawing on these clues, Snyder initiates fresh ways of thinking about the traditional theological concepts of covenant, incarnation, and trinity as foundations for a restorative approach to justice. He also challenges religious communities to understand God's good news in ways that offer hope for a transformed world. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Punishment is an eye-opening work with profound implications for contemporary social life.

The Protestant Ethic and Spirit of Punishment by T.Richard Snyder was published by Eerdmans Publishing Company in April 2001 and is our 7187th best seller. The ISBN for The Protestant Ethic and Spirit of Punishment is 9780802848079.

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Details for The Protestant Ethic and Spirit of Punishment

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherEerdmans Publishing Company (April 2001)
Number of Pages159
Thickness10 mm
Height222 mm
Width146 mm
Product Code1159438
Page last updated 8th February 2018
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