Retribution

Doing Violence to Scripture Christian pacifism Just War Tradition
Doing Violence to Scripture

Christian pacifism became untenable for me because the God who punished, killed, and destroyed in the Old Testament remains the God of the New Testament.

On Christian Vengeance
On Christian Vengeance

There may be no prudent responses against North Korea’s regime for Otto Warmbier’s murder. But such a concession to realism over justice does not invalidate the morality of the retributive instinct. It remains. And it remains deeply Christian.

The Moral Underpinnings of Just Retribution: Justice & Charity in Symbiosis

The notion of retribution or punishment has long been the scourge of social science. Christian thinkers should develop the distinction between retribution and revenge or retaliation.