We are pleased to offer a selection of resources for reflection
about religion and the death penalty.
The following transcripts of the conference sessions have been edited for clarity:
- Session One: Faith Traditions and the Death Penalty
Speakers: Avery Cardinal Dulles, David Novak, Gilbert Meilaender, and Khaled Abou El Fadl. Chair: Jean Bethke Elshtain
- Special Lunch Address: The Death Penalty: What’s All the Debate About?
Speaker: Frank Keating. Moderators: Jean Bethke Elshtain and E.J. Dionne.
- Session Two: Religion, Justice and the Death Penalty
Speakers: Victor Anderson, J. Budziszewski, Richard Garnett. Chair: Jean Bethke Elshtain.
- Session Three: Religion, Politics, and the Death Penalty
Speakers: Antonin Scalia, Paul Simon, Beth Wilkinson. Chair: E.J. Dionne.
- Related Event: An Address on the Death Penalty
by Illinois Governor George Ryan. Delivered at the University of Chicago Divinity School, June 3, 2002.
The online conference Reader presents a number of historical documents and biblical passages, as well as essays, notes and comments by conference participants and other authors. A print version of the Reader, which can serve as a study guide for churches and schools, will be distributed at the conference and is available in advance by request.
A selection of books and essays on the death penalty, with special attention
to those engaging its religious dimensions.
Films from around the world that explore the death penalty.