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Counter This book examines the relationship between the theologies of atonement and penal strategies. Christian theology was potent in Western society until the nineteenth century, and the so-called 'satisfaction theory' of atonement interacted and reacted with penal practice. Drawing on the work of Norbert Elias and David Garland, the author argues that atonement theology created a structure of affect which favoured retributive policies. He ranges freely between Old Testament texts, St Anselm, and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British social history, to show the integral connection between sin and crime, the legal and the moral. The question arises if the preaching of the cross not only desensitised us to judicial violence but even lent it sanction. The last two chapters review theory and practice in the twentieth century, and Timothy Gorringe makes concrete proposals for both theology and criminal and societal violence.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Satisfaction for sin History of doctrines, Revenge Religious aspects Christianity History of doctrines, God Wrath History of doctrines, Crime Religious aspects Christianity History of doctrines, Violence Religious aspects Christianity History of doctrines, Punishment Religious aspects Christianity History of doctrines, Crime Great Britain History, Punishment Great Britain History, Corrections Great Britain History, Reconciliation Religious aspects Christianity