“Criminal or Prisoner?”: I’m at Aleteia

on the differences between the two roles in Christian life:

What do homicide and stealing curled hair have in common?

They’re both crimes for which you could get transported to Australia for life, during its days as a penal colony. I learned this at Hyde Park Barracks, a museum dedicated to Sydney’s penal days. Part of what makes the museum so striking (and so worthwhile if you’re ever in Sydney) is its empathy for the convicts: its willingness to view them primarily as prisoners rather than solely as criminals.

These two categories, prisoner and criminal, might seem similar, but theologically they have very different resonances.

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