Multimillionaire financier John Paul Burrows dodged $70,000 worth of train fare and was forever barred from the City of London. Analyzing objections to his punishment, Dalrymple asks: Is the purpose of punishment to redeem the punished?
Far from being generous, this kind of reasoning seems to me callous—lacking in imagination about just how terrible crimes can be, an almost wilful disregard of the history of the 20th century. And if a Christian were to object that no crime is beyond the Savior’s forgiveness, it should be recalled that His kingdom was not of this world. As for us, we are men, not saviors.