The Executed God
The number of U.S. inmates has tripled since 1980, to more than 2 million people. Prison Industry growth includes the construction of 26 federal and 96 state prisons since1996 alone, and it employs 523,000 people. This book describes and explains...
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The number of U.S. inmates has tripled since 1980, to more than 2 million people. Prison Industry growth includes the construction of 26 federal and 96 state prisons since1996 alone, and it employs 523,000 people. This book describes and explains the dimensions and abuses in our system, including capital punishment, and fosters compassionate and effective Christian response. According to Taylor, "Remembering the executed Jesus is crucial to mobilizing effective response to 'lockdown America today".
In The Executed God, theologian Mark Taylor dares to address the meaning of Jesus' execution for an American culture that now maintains more than 3,600 U.S. residents on the death rows of its burgeoning prisons. Taylor shows that the death penalty is only one aspect of "lockdown America," and The Executed God suggests how Christians can resist and transform this whole system, which incarcerates two million people (70 percent of them people of color) and commits frequent violations of fairness in process and results.
Winner, Best General Interest Book for 2001, Association of Theological Booksellers Between 1980 and 2000, the number of prisoners in the U.S. has tripled to over 2 million people, 70 percent of them people of color. Indeed, by 2000, 3,600 people were on America's death rows. This growth industry currently employs 523,000 people. Among abuses that Mark Taylor notes in this "theater of terror" are capital punishment, inordinate sentencing, violations of fairness in both process and results, racism in the justice system and prisons, prison rape and other terrorizing techniques, and paramilitary policing practices. With twenty-five years of involvement with prison reform, Taylor passionately describes and explains the excesses and injustices in our corrections system and capital punishment to foster compassionate and effective Christian action. His book convincingly relates the life-engendering power of God - demonstrated in Jesus' cross and resurrection - to the potential transformation
Mark Lewis Taylor is the Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Theology and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. Among his many publications is The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America (Fortress Press). He is also editor of Paul Tillich: Theologian of the Boundaries and coeditor of Reconstructing Christian Theology, both from Fortress Press. He is coordinator of Academics for Mumia Abu-Jamal.