Good Tidings by Quillen Hamilton ShinnGood Tidings by Quillen Hamilton Shinn

Good Tidings

byQuillen Hamilton Shinn

Paperback | February 5, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900. Excerpt: ... CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. REV. CHARLES H. PUFFER. "He setteth himself in a way that is not good."--Ps. xxxvi. 4. "And yet show I unto you a more excellent way."--1 Cor. xii. 31. By invitation of your committee I am to speak upon the subject, Capital Punishment. It will be my special purpose to set forth certain reasons why, in my opinion, the death penalty should not be inflicted; but, as preliminary to the presentation of those reasons, may I call attention to the arguments usually relied upon by those who favor capital punishment? These arguments are two, namely: The Bible commands that magistrates exact life for life; The safety of society requires the execution of murderers. Let us inspect these arguments in the order of their statement. First, The Bible commands that magistrates exact life for life. If we ask where, in the Bible, this command is to be found, we are referred to both the Old Testament and the New Testament. In the New Testament we are asked to note the following passages: St. Matt. xxvi. 52.--" Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword." It is a sufficient comment upon this passage to say that the first part is, indeed, a command, but a command given to Peter alone, and that the second part is not a command at all. In this second part Jesus sets forth the "general truth," as Dr. Lucius R. Paige says, "that those who engage in scenes of violence and warfare are lible to lose their lives in the conflict." 1 This part is simply a declaration. Dr. Adam Clarke calls it a "prophetic declaration." 2 Acts xxv. II.--" If I be an offender, or have committed anything worthy of death, I refuse not to die." This text, however, is not one of command, but one of admission. Paul admits his "accountab...
Title:Good TidingsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217479057

ISBN - 13:9780217479059