Peace Talks Podcast

shane claiborne

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Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author.  Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia.  He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.” Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. Now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty and help stop gun violence.

Shane’s books include Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Common Prayer, Follow Me to Freedom, Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, Executing Grace, his classic The Irresistible Revolution, Beating Guns, and his newest book, Rethinking Life.


“Where lynchings were happening a hundred years ago is where executions are happening today in America. And the states that held on to slavery the longest are the same states that have held on to the death penalty. So these things are really bound up together. 95% of executions are happening in the Bible Belt. The Bible Belt is the death belt. The death penalty would not stand a chance in America without the support of Christians. We would end it overnight if we decided we believe Jesus meant what he said, blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy.”