Punishing Murder: Justice in a Post-Christian World
What punishment is just for premeditated murder? What about when the perpetrator openly confesses, shows no remorse, and says he would gladly do it again? Now, let’s say this murderer killed more than one person. Should we multiply the penalty by the number of victims? What would you suggest?
The results of abandoning the Christian heritage of a culture are on full display in Norway right now. Anders Behring Breivik, who murdered 77 people recently faces trial for his crimes. The maximum sentence? Twenty-one years in a plush facility where he has all the luxurious accommodations of a modern college campus. Dr. Albert Mohler, president of my seminary argues that this is a worldview issue – one that can be traced to the secularization of one of the worlds most progressive countries. Can there be justice in a post-Christian world?