The Death Penalty. An Historical and Theological Survey by James T. Megivern (review)

@article{Noonan1998TheDP,
  title={The Death Penalty. An Historical and Theological Survey by James T. Megivern (review)},
  author={John Thomas Noonan},
  journal={The Catholic Historical Review},
  year={1998},
  volume={84},
  pages={703 - 705}
}
  • J. Noonan
  • Published 1 October 1998
  • History
  • The Catholic Historical Review
The Death Penalty. An Historical and Theological Survey. By James T. Megivern. (Mahwah, New Jersey: Paulist Press. 1997. Pp. xiii, 641. $29.95.) Capital punishment, like slavery, was one of those institutions of Roman law that the early Christians accepted as an ordinary mechanism of civil society. Occasionally, Christians (e.g., Lactantius) taught that all killing was wrong. More often, bishops (e.g.,Ambrose and Augustine) rebuked the official authors of particular public executions or…