The Execution of God

Encountering the Death Penalty

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Jeff Hood
  • Atlanta, GA: 
    Chalice Press
    , September
     128 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


We kill. We kill each other. We kill God. The altar of the death chamber is open, the hour of execution upon us. Is there salvation amidst the horror of the death penalty? We must save to get saved. We must save our God. How will we encounter the execution of God? Will we save or will we kill?

In this stunning fusion of biblical interpretation and memoir, radical theologian of mercy Jeff Hood takes us on a spiritual journey like no other―through Death Row and Sunday school classes, into chaotic streets choked in protest and ritualized execution chambers. The Execution of God is a powerful invitation to encounter God in the last place we expect divinity to dwell…on the execution gurney. 

The Execution of God will invite you to re-examine your belief in the ultimate punishment and consider:

  • How the death penalty kills our relationship with God
  • The idea that the divine image of God dwells in those on death row 
  • How we cannot be both people of love and people of murder
  • How our cultural obsession with violence harms our spiritual life
  • How to stop the killing and join the work of abolition and restoration
About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jeff Hood is a Baptist pastor, theologian and activist living and working in Texas. A graduate of Auburn University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, University of Alabama and Creighton University, Hood has also earned a Doctorate of Ministry with a project focused in Queer Theology at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. In addition to his studies, Hood was ordained to the ministry at a church within the Southern Baptist Convention in 2006.

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