Religion and Punishment as Sources of Social Control

The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law has just published an issue on punishment theory and culpability, with special editor Mitch Berman at the helm for this issue.  There are some exceptional contributions from the likes of Larry Alexander, Kim Ferzan (twice!), Doug Husak, Ken Simons, Peter Westen, and Gideon Yaffe.  And there’s something by me, too.

The law and religion connection of my piece relates to Sir James Fitzjames Stephen’s special interest in religion as a source of social control — much more powerful, he believed, than law.  I’ve got a little bit on this issue in my piece, though it deserves a full length treatment.  At any event, I hope readers interested in these issues will enjoy the various articles.

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