To use Biblical quotes, a sorting exercise and the skill of interpretation to understand Christian attitudes to capital punishment. Grade C All will be able to outline Christian arguments FOR and AGAINST capital punishment. Grade B Most will be able to explain the meaning of Christian quotes relating to Capital Punishment. Grade A/A* Some will be able to evaluate Christian arguments on Capital Punishment and express an opinion on these. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c6Cb8EHq hU This person is Reverend Paul Hill. He was executed in 2003 for the murder of Dr John Britton and his assistant James Barrett (he also seriously injured Dr Britton's wife). He killed them for carrying out abortions at a clinic in Florida. Hill knew that he would receive the death penalty for their murder but felt no fear. He showed no remorse for his action and expected to receive a heavenly reward. This picture was taken moments before he was executed for murder. Does Do you thinkanything he should have been executedyou? for his surprise crime? The death penalty was not a deterrent for him, does What do you think this make the death penalty meaningless? this tells you? CX There are two main attitudes to capital punishment among Christians. SOME Christians think capital punishment should be used in SERIOUS cases where the guilt of the person is beyond doubt. OTHER Christians think that capital punishment is wrong as there are no situations when taking a life is acceptable. Using your common sense what arguments do you think a Christian would use here? If you are struggling use the picture clues to help you… Add anything you are missing in GREEN PEN… Using your common sense what arguments do you think a Christian would use here? If you are struggling use the picture clues to help you… Add anything you are missing in GREEN PEN… Grade C All will be able to outline Christian arguments FOR and AGAINST capital punishment. Look at the Christian quotes and teachings carefully. Organise them into arguments FOR and AGAINST Capital Punishment. “...an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” (exodus 21:24) “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed” (Genesis 9:6) “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established” (Romans 13:1) “ Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13) “ You have heard it said . ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also”. (Matthew 5:38) ‘ The sanctity of life’ “Love your neighbour as yourself” (Matthew 22:39) “Let ye without sin cast the first stone.” (John 8:7)) ‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged’. (Matthew 7:1) Choose FOUR quotes and EXPLAIN what the meaning of each in relation to Capital Punishment. This Old Testament quote teaches that the punishment should be fitting of the crime so in cases of murder the death penalty is a fitting punishment. The Old Testament teaches capital punishment should be used for those that take a life. In the New Testament, St Paul teaches that Christians should accept and obey the laws and punishments of the government of the country they are living in, which would mean accepting the death penalty. “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established” (Romans 13:1) Jesus taught that revenge is wrong – Capital Punishment promotes the idea of revenge. Only God has the right to give life and take life away – Capital Punishment is playing God. Capital Punishment is not compatible with the overall message of Christianity which is one of LOVE and FORGIVENESS. Only God has the right to judge and condemn those that sin. Jesus came to save and reform people – those executed cannot be reformed. I never taught that the death penalty was wrong! Most Christian Churches have spoken out against capital punishment. Exam practice time… Complete page 94 Grade B Most will be able to explain the meaning of Christian quotes relating to Capital Punishment. Supportive The crucifixion because… of Jesusaccepted was a Roman Jesus his method of capital punishment. punishment His death wasusually part used the most of for God’s plan. dangerous Jesus did not oppose criminals. capital punishment. So Jesus was a Against because… capitalitoffender… Jesus died painfully. Jesus was innocent. Should this make Jesus could have them more gone on to of teach supportive the deathmore. penalty or less? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDM2e9a_E0E Would most Christians view him as a martyr or murderer? Would any Christians support his execution? Grade A/A* Some will be able to evaluate Christian arguments on Capital Punishment and express an opinion on these. Draw a pyramid in the back of your books and spit it into 3... Think of a question you would like answering. What have you been reminded of today? What have you learnt today?