This book rigorously examines the controversy over the death penalty with clarity and cogency. After Dr. Ron Gleason lays a thorough groundwork in history and law, he defines ethics philosophically, and then presents the Biblical mandate. For the secular reader, he illustrates the positions of leading thinkers on both sides of the issue and examines their arguments down to the foundational premises. For Christians both for and against capital punishment, Dr. Gleason identifies the governing Scriptures and illustrates them with commentary from the confessional statements of the historic reformed church and some of the foremost voices in the church today. Proponents on both sides will find the issues in focus and the arguments framed for more meaningful discussion. But as he homes in on the heart of the matter, the reader may find himself drawn persuasively to Gleason s conclusion. This book rigorously examines the controversy over the death penalty with clarity and cogency.
Dr. Ron Gleason, born 1945 in Charlotte, NC, earned his B.S. in Bus. Admin. at The Citadel in SC. After his time in the Army as a tank commander and instructor, he worked at Pfizer Lab. in Knoxville, TN. Then in 1973, he experienced his call to serve the Lord. Ron earned his M.Div. from Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary in MA and his doctoral degree in Systematic Theology under a Dutch government grant at the Theological Seminar of the Reformed Churches in The Netherlands. Back in the US, he earned a PhD from Westminster Theological Seminary in PA. He pastored a Dutch church in Holland till 1985, then pastored Bethel Canadian Reformed Church, Toronto till 1994. He is currently the pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Yorba Linda, CA. He lectures internationally and in the US, and has authored numerous books and articles. He publishes a weekly newsletter on ethics, entitled Ethos. Among his published and upcoming titles are children’s books, books on sports (baseball and wrestling), and his eagerly awaited biography of the late Dutch Theologian, Herman Bavinck (1854–1921), to be released by the Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co. in 2009. Ron is presently the Stated Clerk of South Coast Presbytery of the PCA. He is the President of California Exodus, an organization that encourages parents to remove their children from public schools.
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Format: Book (Paperback) (134)
Publisher: Nordskog Publishing
Date Published: Feb 01, 2009
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.50 (in)
Weight: 9.00 oz