Humanize Me 115: A secular humanist and a Christian agree on abolishing the death penalty

Shane Claiborne is an activist, author and Christian thinker who has recently authored a book advocating the abolition of the death penalty called Executing Grace. On this episode of the Humanize Me podcast, Bart chats with Shane about capital punishment as an issue, and what they see similarly and differently as they come at it from opposite sides of the faith divide.

Included in their conversation:

  • Shane’s roots in the bible belt
  • Why he started to reject old interpretations of the bible
  • Why the death penalty thrives in the South
  • Is the death penalty connected to historic racism?
  • The people of faith and people of reason coming together to oppose capital punishment
  • What about the victims’ families?
  • Is it better to acknowledge that sometimes you can’t ‘fix’ tragedies?
  • On the work that’s happening now against the death penalty
  • What does Shane believe about the execution of Jesus Christ?
  • Bart’s curiosity about how Shane reconciles his beliefs
  • Shane sees meaning in the story of a contemporary execution and Bart responds

Buy a copy of Shane’s book HERE. Read a profile of him HERE. Get in touch with Bart with your thoughts on this episode HERE.


By | 2022-08-10T16:09:30+00:00 July 25th, 2016|Podcast|

About the Author:

Bart Campolo is a secular community builder, counselor and writer who currently serves as the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Cincinnati. Listen to his podcast HERE!