The Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood Interview: “The Execution of God: Encountering the Death Penalty” on the RavenCast

The Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood joined the RavenCast to discuss his book The Execution of God: Encountering the Death Penalty. Jeff has written 16 books and has appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and many other news outlets. He writes for the Patheos blog Engaging Radical Theology and his website You can listen to the MP3 above, or watch the video below.

Christians follow Jesus, a man who was executed on a cross by the political and religious authorities. Jesus went to the cross to show us God’s radical love. It’s a love that invites us into new life; a life that ends the practice of executing one another and begins the radical practice of universal love and forgiveness. Unfortunately, in the United States, political and religious authorities continue the archaic practice of execution. The tragic irony is that they often do so in the name of Jesus.

Jeff discussed the theological reasons to end the death penalty, the spiritual consequences of the death penalty, and how we can move into the future of God’s love and nonviolence.

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