Abortion, Execution, and the Consequences of Taking Life

Author: James D. Slack

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1412848334

Category: Philosophy

Page: 228

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This book focuses on the relationship between public morality and personal action in the American political community. It emphasizes the responsibilities of citizens and government to find and confirm truth, looking to specific sources: religious scripture and empirical events. Recognizing that we have a natural preference for distraction and distance from both sources of truth, Slack uses qualitative, open-ended interviews and direct observation to uncover the intimate consequences of life-taking in open societies. Abortion and murder/capital punishment are instances in which there is a sequence of events that result in life-taking. The act of murder denies the sanctity of life of someone else. Abortion and capital punishment also deny the sanctity of the lives of others. The intimacy of life-taking is not typically acknowledged or remains hidden. This makes it difficult to assess the consequences for victims, survivors, and the political community as a whole. As a result, there is only a tenuous link between public actions that question the sanctity of human life and the moral compass professed by the American democracy. The volume presumes a theocentric foundation envisioned by the American Founders. It explores the model’s first source of truth, biblical scripture, as it applies to the public actions of murder, abortion, and capital punishment. Then it investigates the intimate reality of these acts. These realities are examined in a variety of settings, resulting in a mosaic pattern of public action about capital punishment and abortion. Slack underscores the importance of government’s role of providing outward justice, as well as the citizen’s responsibility to be supportive of government tasks in order to reconcile the reality of life-taking with the moral compass professed in the American political community.

Anatomy of an Execution

The Life and Death of Douglas Christopher Thomas

Author: Todd C. Peppers,Laura Trevvett Anderson

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 1555537138

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 309

View: 3610


The crime and punishment of a juvenile offender

Technologies of Life and Death

From Cloning to Capital Punishment

Author: Kelly Oliver

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 082325108X

Category: Medical

Page: 260

View: 1761


Uses insights of deconstructive philosophy (Derrida) to look closely at issues of technologically mediated life and death.

Church Dogmatics Study Edition 11

The Doctrine of God II.2 § 34-35

Author: Karl Barth

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567105938

Category: Religion

Page: 331

View: 3818


The most important theological work of the 20th century in a new edition - now available in individual volumes. >

Hardtack and Coffee, Or, The Unwritten Story of Army Life

Author: John Davis Billings

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803261112

Category: History

Page: 413

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Most histories of the Civil War focus on battles and top brass. Hardtack and Coffee is one of the few to give a vivid, detailed picture of what ordinary soldiers endured every day?in camp, on the march, at the edge of a booming, smoking hell. John D. Billings of Massachusetts enlisted in the Army of the Potomac and curvived the conditions he recorded. The authenticity of his book is heightened by the many drawings that a comrade, Charles W. Reed, made in the field. ø This is the story of how the Civil War soldier was recruited, provisioned, and disciplined. Described here are the types of men found in any outfit; their not very uniform uniforms; crowded tents and makeshift shelters; difficulties in keeping clean, warm, and dry; their pleasure in a cup of coffee; food rations, dominated by salt pork and the versatile cracker or hardtack; their brave pastimes in the face of death; punishments for various offenses; treatment in sick bay; firearms and signals and modes of transportation. Comprehensive and anecdotal, Hardtack and Coffee is striking for the pulse of life that runs through it.