By Laurie Throness

ISBN-10: 0754663922

ISBN-13: 9780754663928

How did the penal complex get its identify? Why did the English impose lengthy legal sentences? Did classification and fiscal clash quite lie on the center in their correctional approach? In a groundbreaking learn that demanding situations the assumptions of contemporary felony justice scholarship, Laurie Throness solutions many questions like those by means of exposing the deep theological roots of the judicial associations of eighteenth-century Britain. The booklet bargains a scholarly account of the passage of the penal complex Act of 1779, combining meticulous recognition to aspect with a sweeping theological evaluate of the century sooner than the Act. however it is not only an highbrow background. It tells a desirable tale of a broader spiritual circulate, and the folks and ideology that stimulated them to create a brand new establishment. The paintings is unique since it is predicated so thoroughly on unique resources. it really is mystical since it mingles heavenly with earthly justice. it really is authoritative as a result of its explanatory energy. Its anecdotes and insights, poetry and tune, offer interesting glimpses into one other period unusually ordinary to our personal. Of exact curiosity to social and felony historians, criminologists, and theologians, this paintings also will entice a much wider viewers of these who're drawn to Christianity's influence on Western tradition and institutions.

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