An Art of Small Resurrections: Surviving the Texas Death Chamber
Jesus taught his followers to love their enemies and to forgive. How can these messages of compassion be reconciled with a policy of putting to death those whom we have judged to be wrongdoers against society? Walter Long, a defense attorney for Texas death row inmates, says that they cannot. He wrestles with the apparent contradiction between the teachings of Jesus and widespread tolerance for government violence in a state where most citizens identify themselves as Christian. He explores the impact of a particular execution of great renown -- the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth -- and looks for his own understanding of that event and of the man and his message.