A Protestant Purgatory: Theological Origins of the by Laurie Throness

By Laurie Throness

How did the prison get its identify? Why did the English impose lengthy legal sentences? Did type and monetary clash particularly lie on the middle in their correctional process? In a groundbreaking examine that demanding situations the assumptions of recent felony justice scholarship, Laurie Throness solutions many questions like those by way of exposing the deep theological roots of the judicial associations of eighteenth-century Britain. The ebook deals a scholarly account of the passage of the penal complex Act of 1779, combining meticulous realization to aspect with a sweeping theological evaluation of the century sooner than the Act. however it isn't just an highbrow heritage. It tells a desirable tale of a broader non secular stream, and the folks and ideology that inspired them to create a brand new establishment. The paintings is unique since it is based so thoroughly on unique assets. it truly is mystical since it mingles heavenly with earthly justice. it truly is authoritative as a result of its explanatory strength. Its anecdotes and insights, poetry and music, supply fascinating glimpses into one other period unusually well-known to our personal. Of detailed curiosity to social and felony historians, criminologists, and theologians, this paintings also will entice a much broader viewers of these who're attracted to Christianity's effect on Western tradition and institutions.

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