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Abortion: A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue Paperback – May 26, 1990
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The book is divided into three parts:
Part I: Abortion: The Ethical Dilemma of Our Time.
Part II: An Analysis of Pro-Abortion and Pro-Choice Arguments.
Part III: A Compassionate Response and Strategy
In Part I, Sproul points out how emotionally divided America is over the abortion issue, with the potential of ripping apart the social fabric of one of history's most successful nations. In doing this, he covers some of the core issues like "Is a fetus a living human person?" "When does life begin?" the sanctity of life from a biblical viewpoint, the sanctity of life in Natural Law and how abortion violates that sanctity. Sproul summarizes this as follows:
"A negative prohibition against actual and potential murder implicitly involves a positive mandate to work for the protection, sustenance, and respect for the sanctity of life. To oppose murder is to promote life. Whatever else abortion does, it does not promote the life of the unborn child. Although some people will argue that abortion promotes the quality of life of those who do not desire offspring, it does not promote the life of the subject in question, the developing unborn child.Read more ›
The content of the book is arranged in three parts. The first part concerns itself with the ethical issues surrounding abortion. Says Sproul, "At the heart of the abortion issue rests one overarching question: Is abortion a form of murder? In other words, does abortion involve the willful destruction of a living human person?" He goes on to clarify that the debate is not one of whether murder should be legalized, but whether abortion belongs to the category of murder.
Sproul looks at the Bible's teaching on abortion and concludes that the implicit teaching is against abortion. He makes several arguments against abortion from natural law as well. Along the way, the history of abortion legislation in the U.S. context and a discussion of the role of government are interwoven with the material.
Sproul makes clear that his primary target in the book is "those who are not sure about the ethics of abortion. If you remain uncertain," says Sproul, "I urge you again not to engage in abortion unless you are absolutely certain for clear and sound reasons (which I'm not aware of) that abortion is an ethically justifiable action. The simple adage of common wisdom applies to you: 'When in doubt, don't.Read more ›
Sproul examines the ethical implications of abortion, looking at the issue from the perspectives of biblical law, natural law, and positive judicial law. He makes it clear that while he will examine arguments from both sides of the debate, he is convinced that abortion on demand is evil. He shows that abortion is against the law of God, against the laws of nature, and against reason. He states that the book is addressed primarily to those who are not sure about the ethics of abortion. He addresses the issue in a biblical and logical manner, not using inflammatory language.
Helpful summaries of the major points of each chapter and discussion questions suitable for group study are included at the end of each chapter.
Sproul writes that many, if not majority, of those who oppose abortion are driven by religious convictions. He states that at the heart of the abortion issue rests one overarching question: Is abortion a form of murder? Or, to say it another way, does abortion involve the willful destruction of a living human person?Read more ›
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This book was a wonderful read! The topic of abortion, which can get very political very quickly, was presented quite well by the author. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Matt
A valuable book in dealing with the issue of abortion. The transcript of the trial that was in the back of the book was absolutely astonishing and by itself was worth the price of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rhea C. Varuna
Sproul does a marvelous job bringing logic and reason to the table in this helpful read. It's short enough to be read quickly and powerful enough to invoke deep thought.Published 12 months ago by Jakob Guy
Excellent book and very informing! Sproul is a true scholar and defender of sanctity of life. Well worth your timePublished 14 months ago by C. J. Hitz
This is the most troubling issue of our time. If the US Military waded into some third world country and murdered a million people every year we would not stand for this obvious... Read morePublished 20 months ago by W. Sid Vogel
Sproul is an articulate writer who does a great job of focusing on rational arguments. Unfortunately, this topic is irrational, so the rational arguments only make sense to... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Militescriste
A reasonable argument in regards to the evil that is abortion; Dr. Sproul handles it with care and genuine concern.Published 21 months ago by Webdesigning Bookworm