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Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring
Aquinas: Whether it is lawful to kill sinners?
A question from the Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas.
Death Penalty (Catholic Education Resource Center)
A collection of articles on the topic from the Catholic tradition.
Death Penalty (Pew Research Center)
A collection of articles on the topic in "Religion & Public Life"
Death Penalty (Spring Hill College Theology Library)
A large collection of links on capital punishment, focusing on Catholic resources. Links to statements on the death penalty made in other faith traditions.
Death Penalty Information Center - Religious Statements
DPIC provides a compilation of statements about the death penalty from a broad array of religious denominations. DPIC occasionally highlights the views of those speaking from a faith perspective when the comments relate to a case or controversy involving capital punishment. Finally, it features the results of death penalty polls when broken down by particular faiths.
Human Rights (derechos.org) - Death Penalty
A collection of categorized links: facts, law, websites pro and con, people on death row, documents, reports, etc. The overall slant of the site is against the death penalty.
On the Value and Inviolability of Human Life: Evangelium Vitae
This is the text of a full length book by Pope John Paul II, which expresses the official Catholic viewpoint on abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty.
People of Faith Against the Death Penalty
"People of Faith Against the Death Penalty is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, interfaith organization whose mission is to educate and mobilize faith communities to act to abolish the death penalty in the United States. Founded in 1994 in North Carolina, PFADP focuses its programs on organizing among faith communities in the South."
ProCon.org - Death Penalty (see "Religious Views")
Addresses Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.
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