By Gardner C. Hanks
Drawing on previous and New testomony assets in addition to secular arguments, Gardner C. Hanks indicates that the demise penalty harms instead of is helping any quest for a simply, humane society. He demonstrates via examine facts that the dying penalty is an useless crime-fighting device.
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I knew that if I approached the issue from a religious as well as from a social point of view, some secular readers might not use the material that would be applicable for them. After a great deal of thought and prayer, I decided the book must be true to its author. Although there is much information in the book that can be used to argue against the death penalty for secular reasons, the book begins and ends with religious reasons for opposing capital punishment. In choosing to approach the subject matter this way, I have made the decision that the book will first address the Christian community.
Michael King at Herald Press was a most helpful and patient editor, and David Garber supervised the last stages of polishing the text. My friend Terri Wear helped create the index. Last but certainly not least, I thank my family. My father and mother taught me the value of all human life. My original opposition to the death penalty came from them, along with the belief that if you see something wrong, you do something to fix it. My daughters Karin and Kathryn gave up many hours of their dad's time so this book could be written.
My greatest hope, however, is that this book will soon no longer be necessary. I pray that somehow Americans will come to their Page 19 senses, as have the people of all other Western democracies, and that we will no longer feel that "killing people to show that killing people is wrong" makes any sense. On that day, I believe we will all be able to celebrate life as a gift that God has given to all people, a gift that neither the murderer nor the state has the right to take away. GARDNER C. HANKS BOISE, IDAHO Page 21 Acknowledgments No book is the work of one person working in a vacuum.