Religious attitudes to crime and punishment vary, including towards capital punishment. Christianity teaches that sin is a part of human nature and that all people have the potential to commit crimes.
Why is criminal behaviour the result of free choice?
Each person can choose whether or not to abide by the law
Some people are born genetically inclined to break the law
People cannot do anything other than follow in the example of older members of their family
What is reformation as an aim of punishment?
Removing a criminal from society
Punishing someone so harshly that they will not reoffend
Persuading a criminal to turn away from crime and change their attitude
What is retribution as an aim of punishment?
Punishing offenders to the same degree as they hurt others
Punishing someone so harshly they will not reoffend
How does prison act as a protection for society?
It makes the criminal pay back money to the people that have been hurt
It removes the criminal from society so that others can be safer
Prison allows the criminal to work among society
What is capital punishment?
Locking a criminal up for life
The death penalty
Cutting off a criminal's hand
What are the Ten Commandments?
A set of laws given by God
A set of laws laid down by a national government
A code of conduct that people have chosen to live by
Why do most Christians believe it is wrong to seek revenge?
It says so in the Old Testament
It causes more crimes to be committed
Jesus told his followers to forgive
How should Christians treat prisoners?
Treat them justly and help them to rehabilitate into society
Forget about them until they come out of prison
Nothing - criminals cannot change
Why are some Christians against capital punishment?
They prefer to see criminals suffer in prison
Jesus was crucified and they don't want to give criminals similar treatment
The believe in the sanctity of life and only God has the right to take it away
Which aim of punishment is not met by capital punishment?
Protection of society