This book is not written from a Christian perspective, so I can’t unreservedly recommend it. However, Foucault’s review of society’s take on community discipline and punishment from the 18th century through much of the 20th century is challenging, thought-provoking, and worth grappling with.

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. . . Michel Foucault suggests that punishment has shifted its focus from the prisoner’s body to his soul—and that our very concern with rehabilitation encourages and refines criminal activity.