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James J. Megivern, ThD Biography

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"

“The arbitrary system of capital punishment being practiced in this country today is irrational on its face. Yet most people do not seem to realize where the system came from, how it managed to garner so much popular support despite its oddities and inadequacies, or just how completely it collides with the most admirable ideals and highest values of our heritage… It would be refreshing indeed if people could see the woeful system for what it really is, and made to think seriously about what a sad commentary it is on our society.”

“Our National Shame: The Death Penalty and the Disuse of Clemency,” Capital Univeristy Law Review, 1999

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1974-2001
  • Contributing Founder, Carolina Civic Voice, 2001-2008
  • Columnist, Carolina Civic Voice, 2001-2008
  • Former Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • ThD (Doctor of Theology), Fribourg University (Switzerland)
  • SSL (Licentiate in Sacred Scripture), Biblical Institute, Gregorian University (Italy)
  • AB, Mary Immaculate College
  • Has lived in Endicott, NY, Princeton, NJ, Fribourg, Switzerland, Rome, Italy, Jamaica, NY, and Wilmington, NC