I am very interested to know why we feel so comfortable with the abolition of the death penalty. I mean we feel comfortable with the abolition of institutional slavery, and we feel comfortable with the emancipation of women, and we are just starting to feel comfortable with the convictions of child rapists. So why are we comfortable with the abolition of capital punishment.
I think first of all we feel we have done the right thing. And then we know the murder rate has not gone up, rather it has declined. But perhaps at a deeper level we were uncomfortable with blood sacrifice to a vengeful God.
We now know that God doesn't control the weather, and God did not create the species, so we are starting to suspect that God is not placated by blood sacrifice.
Where this leaves christianity, as Christ himself was a blood sacrifice to a vengeful God, we don't know. Perhaps we are starting to wake up from the nightmare of blood sacrifice, of sacrificial love.