Mass incarceration: Pauline problems and pauline solutions

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The growing realization that the United States today is characterized by mass incarceration has begun to influence the interpretation of the Bible. This essay will focus on the influence of Paul’s letters on the court and penal system in the United States, especially the pervasive emphasis on justification (Rom 1–4) by which our penal system operates. This is followed by discussion of a more constructive model for restorative justice, based on the compassionate God in Romans 5. The essay suggests how Paul’s own incarcerations inform relational models on which ministry among prisoners should be conducted today.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Campbell, DA

Published Date

  • July 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 72 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 282 - 292

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2159-340X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0020-9643

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0020964318766297

Citation Source

  • Scopus