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Capital Punishment and Roman Catholic Moral Tradition [Hardcover]

By E. Christian Brugger (Author)
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WHAT IS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH'S position on the death penalty? How and why has it changed through the ages? In his engrossing and meticulously researched book, Capital Punishment and Roman Catholic Moral Tradition, E. Christian Brugger traces the history of this thorny moral issue. Part 1 of the book offers a detailed exegesis of the Church's account of the morality of the death penalty as formulated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Brugger argues that while the Catechism does not explicitly state that the death penalty is wrong, it lays down premises that logically imply this conclusion. Brugger argues that the fundamental moral reasoning found in the papal encyclicals Evangelium Vitae and Veritatis Splendor favor this same conclusion. Part 2 provides an in-depth exploration of the treatment of the death penalty in the doctrine, traditional teachings, and texts of the Catholic Church. From the Old Testament and patristic writers to medieval and modern Catholic thinkers, Brugger mines this rich moral and theological tradition for arguments pertaining to capital punishment. He extracts from these teachings a "cumulative consensus" that capital punishment is morally legitimate and juxtaposes this traditional view with current church teaching. Brugger's historical and systematic analysis of contemporary and traditional Catholic teachings on the morality of the death penalty leads him to conclude that a philosophically consistent, doctrinally sound framework and vocabulary can and should be developed for rejecting the death penalty in principle.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Capital Punishment and Roman Catholic Moral Tradition by E. Christian Brugger has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 08/01/2003
  • Library Journal - 09/01/2003 page 173
  • Choice - 06/01/2004 page 1897
  • Commonweal - 09/24/2004 page 29

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Item Specifications...

Studio: University of Notre Dame Press
Pages   281
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.42" Width: 6.12" Height: 1.06"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 21, 2004
Publisher   University of Notre Dame Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  026802359X  
ISBN13  9780268023591  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! E. Christian Brugger is the J. Francis Cardinal Stafford Professor of Moral Theology at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary.

E. Christian Brugger was born in 1964.

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1Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Crime & Criminals > Criminology
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism > Roman Catholicism
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > Catholic
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > Ethics

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Good research--disconnected conclusion  Aug 2, 2005
Sadly, all this excellent digging into Patristic thought culminated in simple maralizing about capital punishment. Citing the US Conference of Catholic Bishops should be a red flag to anyone interested in scholarship instead of policy. The talented author here found what the patres said but one must suspect that he did not penetrate their thought. The Holy Father knew intimately the thought of the earliest christians as well as the philosophy that surrounded them when he wrote about capital punishment. This book gets the information but not the sense of what led John Paul II to restrict the need for what today is considered drastic punishment.
Frighteningly Poignant  May 15, 2005
I found Dr. Brugger's view of capital punishment and the Catholic view to be persuasive and articulate. I now consider the concept of capital punishment to be the greatest waste in humanity, perhaps only outdone by wrapping your Forest Green Porsce 911 around a tree.

Dr. Bruggers views should act as a beacon to us all.

A serious, in-depth, scholarly study  Dec 7, 2003
In Capital Punishment And Roman Catholic Moral Tradition, E. Christian Brugger (Assistant Professor of Ethics, Department of Religious Studies, Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana) critically examines the position of the Catholic Church on the death penalty down through the centuries to the present day. Professor Brugger postulates that while the Catechism of the Roman Catholic faith does not expressly condemn the death penalty, neither does it imply through logic that the death penalty is wrong. Capital Punishment And Roman Catholic Moral Tradition is a confidently recommended to a Roman Catholic readership as being a serious, in-depth, scholarly study of a controversial ethical, moral, and social issue.

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