Charles, J. Darly
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J. Daryl Charles, an affiliate scholar of the John Jay Institute and a contributing editor of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy, is author or editor of twenty-two books, including (most recently) Our Secular Vocation (B&H Academic, 2023) and (with Eric Patterson) Just War and Christian Traditions (University of Notre Dame Press, 2022). He can be reached at


Capital Crimes and Capital Punishment

When it comes to premeditated murder, compensation is not available. As much of human history attests and as the biblical witness affirms, it is the one crime that carries a mandatory death sentence. To suggest or argue that the ultimate human crime should not be met with the ultimate punishment is a moral travesty because it fails to comprehend the nature and meaning of the imago Dei, and thereby undermines the common good.

Date posted: 2023-03-21