At 1:38 this morning, the State of Tennessee executed Philip Workman. Here is CNN's report. As I quickly checked the blogosphere, I was surprised how often God is invoked in one way or the other to either praise this act or to condemn it.
Obviously, state executions touch deeply held moral convictions. Whether one is religious or not, the question of whether or not the state should execute people is one of the defining characteristics of what it means to be human.
Is humanity and justice served by executions or not? What are moral reasons for or against the death penalty? Are there instances in which this is justified? What is the reason for it? What does the death penalty do for us or to us?