The Police, the Social Order, and the Christian: Apologia and Apologies

Article by Richard L. Means

Fear is abroad in the land: fear of oneself, fear of the other. A creeping cynicism concerning standards of excellence brings on a numbing terror about the future. West Virginia’s citizens burn books and indict school officials. In South Dakota, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five is labeled obscene. In Kalamazoo, Michigan, Go Ask Alice, a heart-rending exposure …

Verdict

Article by Hunter Beckelhymer

The charge was murder. The defendant was a handsome black man looking considerably younger than his 29 years. He sat impassively at a table with his court-appointed lawyers while a prosecutor from the district attorney’s office questioned the panel of prospective jurors sitting in the spectators’ section of the courtroom. Like the rest of the …

You Were in Prison…

Article by William C. Placher

One can read a good many books about the moral and political implications of Christian faith without finding much discussion of prisons. Even when Americans worry (as we should) about capital punishment, those worries rarely spread to concern about the penal system in general. Jails and prisons are an ever more important topic in American …