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What do Christians believe about capital punishment? Why so many arguments? When tackling this with your group, you’ll find the BBC has a fairly reliable page outlining different Christian opinions. For more depth, try GodWeb (anti) or LeaderU (pro).

Bring the topic to life by screening Truetube’s history of capital punishment methods, or investigate little-known facts on CapitalPunishmentUK (the stuff on ‘humane’ methods of execution is eye-opening).

On the Texas Death Row site, you can see the schedule of coming executions, learn about individual prisoners, read the last statements of those executed, and assess the statistics Texas helpfully provides. Handle it all with care – we don’t want to give kids nightmares – but this is an important area of ethical questioning where your young people need to be thinking biblically.

June 2010
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