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Shane Claiborne Tells Me Where I’m Wrong on the Death Penalty

Does “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” really mean what we think it does?

In this episode, Russell Moore is joined by author and activist Shane Claiborne to discuss the death penalty. While Claiborne and Moore both agree that execution should not be celebrated, they differ on whether it is a means of justice.

Tune in for a gracious and frank discussion on how Christians should think about capital punishment. With thought-provoking insights on the reality of the effects on former executioners, Claiborne describes restorative justice, proposes that “the road of violence is a dead end,” and emphasizes that “we are not made to kill.” Claiborne and Moore wrestle with the similarities between war and capital punishment and ultimately wrestle with a fundamental question: Has Jesus commanded us to kill?

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Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton

We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.