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No Remorse, Not Much Religion

Its very interesting to me how in all the confessions we have read so far, religion was a main portion of  it and very important to the person even if they believed God could not forgive them and they were going to hell. However religion seems almost an afterthought to Thomas Powers, Joesph Mountain, and William Fly.  Fly refuses to give the “person that had been the instrument of bringing him to justice” page 115 Mountain even uses religion against people making them swear on a bible not to say anything about the crime for eight or ten hours.

Another thing I thought was interesting was how Joesph Mountain spoke of his profession. From page 293, “…I aspired for a more honorable employment, and therefore determined to join my self to the gang of highwaymen…” and from page 292 “…Hyde and Wilson were near at hand; but they did not discover themselves, leaving me ‘to play the hero alone.'” Its obvious Mountain thought very highly of his lifestyle and enjoyed it very much. He never had any remorse for his actions or even pretended to have remorse.

Thomas powers seems very insincere when giving his confession. He wasn’t sorry for his crimes the entire reading but in one sentence we are supposed to believe he is sorry for raping the woman and that he thinks his punishment is just. On page 347, “after a little reflection, however, I fainted , and could not speak for some time. At length I came to myself…” He then sends a letter confessing his crimes to her and “begged pardon” but to me I don’t think he was sorry for what he did and he would have probably done it again had he not been caught and hanged.

Its intriguing that all three men we read about did not have much remorse, if any, for their crimes and they also didn’t seem to have too much religion in their lives either. People who we have previously read about seem sorry for their crimes and wanted God’s forgiveness but I’m not these three men did.

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  1. 9/12/2013 | 7:59 pm Permalink

    I did see that each of these men did not have remorse for their crimes, but I didn’t see the ties to religion. I though that was a very smart connection between losing the religion and how threatening the criminals with religious punishments doesn’t seem to affect them anymore. Also if they lost their religion what is there to stop them from choosing right over wrong?

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  2. 9/12/2013 | 8:11 pm Permalink

    I think maybe this trend of people not caring about God’s forgiveness on their sins is the start of the period when religion started to get out of the criminal process because I believe it began in the 18th century. It is very interesting to see the transition from the Puritans in the 1630’s to where we are now in mostly late 18th century Europe

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