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The fall of the prison : biblical perspectives on prison abolition

Author: Lee Griffith
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans, ©1993.
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"This book caused this reader to examine his own convictions about pastoral work with 'convicts' and understand the historical relationship of the 'Christian' church and prisons. Griffith reveals repeated institutional failures to reform criminals by punitive and rehabilitative means throughout history. Griffith challenges the reader to walk the more excellent way of love that leads to the fall of the prison. He  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lee Griffith
ISBN: 0802806708 9780802806703
OCLC Number: 28150665
Description: xx, 258 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Prisons and the relevance of the gospel --
Prisons and the social order --
Prisons and the Bible --
Prisons and the churches --
Prisons and discipleship.
Responsibility: Lee Griffith.

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"This book caused this reader to examine his own convictions about pastoral work with 'convicts' and understand the historical relationship of the 'Christian' church and prisons. Griffith reveals repeated institutional failures to reform criminals by punitive and rehabilitative means throughout history. Griffith challenges the reader to walk the more excellent way of love that leads to the fall of the prison. He calls the reader back to the early history of the Church when disciples followed Christ into prisons in Christian solidarity with the prisoners - a less traveled narrow way of peace that leads the wolves of the world to dwell with the lambs of God. As a conclusion to his book Griffith brings the reader to a fork in the correctional road: does the reader choose to enter through the wide prison gate to follow the easy way of crime and punishment or does the reader choose to go through the narrow heavenly gate to follow the hard way of loving one's enemies? This book begs an answer to the prison's questionable past, present, and future. Read the book and answer the call to Christian discipleship. The walls are tumbling down!"--Amazon.com.

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