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God's Just Vengeance
Crime, Violence and the Rhetoric of Salvation

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Ideology and Religion

  • Date Published: January 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511821141

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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.

    • Deals with crime, and public responses to it
    • Links crime and response to Christianity and its understanding of the crucifixion
    • Concerned with criminal and societal violence and how we should tackle them
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    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511821141
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Religion and retribution
    Part I. The Cultural Formation of Atonement: Biblical Sources:
    2. Blood which makes atonement
    3. Accounting for the cross
    Part II. Making Satisfaction: Atonement and Penalty 1090–1890:
    4. The ladder of all high designs
    5. The wounds of Christ
    6. Three angry letters in a book
    7. The moral government of the universe
    8. The age of atonement
    Part III. Contemporary Directions in Atonement and Penal Theory:
    9. The gospel and retribution
    10. Forgiveness, crime and community.

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    Timothy Gorringe, University of Exeter

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