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  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Navpress; First Edition edition (May 26, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891093451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891093459
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Classic Sproul! Logical, clear, fair, attempting to understand the pro-choice view while all the time making a solid, biblical pro-life apologetic that seeks both to convince the opponents but also to bring about in practical ways the end of this North American holocaust. Add to that the forward of George Grant and you have a winner. --Peter Jones: Executive director, truthXchange Escondido, California

R.C. Sproul covers the issues candidly and objectively-without the emotion and demagoguery that so often pervade the abortion debate. You are the jury; decide the verdict. --John MacArthur: Pastor-teacher, Grace Community Church Sun Valley, California

When I read R.C. Sproul's book on abortion twenty years ago, I was still a pastor. I recall how grateful I was that a respected theologian had spoken out so clearly on the critical issue of abortion. At the time, such voices were few and far between, with many evangelical theologians seeming silent about the plight of unborn children. Sproul's logic is sharp and penetrating, and his reliance on biblical authority is refreshing. The appendix, in which Dr. Jerome Lejeune offers courtroom testimony, is a great bonus. I'm happy to recommend the re-release of Dr. Sproul's book on this vital subject, and I pray God will use it to enlighten many new readers. --Randy Alcorn: Founder and director, Eternal Perspective Ministries Sandy, Oregon --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Dr. R.C. Sproul is the founder, chairman and president of Ligonier Ministries, an international multimedia ministry based in Lake Mary, Florida, and can be heard teaching around the United States and overseas on his daily radio program Renewing Your Mind. He also serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew s Chapel in Sanford, Florida.

He is the author of more than sixty books, including The Truth of the Cross, The Prince's Poison Cup, The Holiness of God, and Chosen by God. He also served as general editor of The Reformation Study Bible. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Dr. R.C. Sproul is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Fla. He is also co-pastor of Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Fla., chancellor of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. He can be heard on the radio program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and around the world, and on RefNet 24-hour Christian internet radio. Dr. Sproul has contributed dozens of articles to national evangelical publications, has spoken at conferences, churches, and schools around the world, and has written more than ninety books, including The Holiness of God, Faith Alone, and Everyone's a Theologian. He also serves as general editor of The Reformation Study Bible.

Customer Reviews

Wish I had read this book 25 or so years ago when it first came out.
Keith Wissman
Sproul also answers the most common arguments in favor of abortion, further preparing readers to engage in informed discussion.
John A. Bird
This book is very well written, it gives a very clear insight into the truth about abortion.
Aaron Stapleton

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Keith Heapes VINE VOICE on August 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the second twenty-something--year-old book I have read recently that hasn't been reviewed yet on Amazon.com. Knowing how popular R.C. Sproul is this came as quite a surprise. An even greater surprise was the subject matter: "ABORTION (A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue)." Since most of R.C. Sproul's books are on Theology, Church history and matters of logic, it seemed unusual for him to write a book on a social issue like abortion. I'm very happy that he did.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
_Abortion: A Rational Look At An Emotional Issue_, by veteran theologian R.C. Sproul Sr., was originally published in 1990 and then again last year in a 20th anniversary edition. Sproul is clear as to the aim of the book. In the preface, he says, "In this book, I seek to examine the ethical implications of abortion. I look at the issue from the perspectives of biblical law, natural law, and positive judicial law." The book is a "brief case against against abortion." Not one to mince words, Sproul says from the outset that he is convinced abortion on demand is evil.

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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Justice Pirate on July 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I was glad to see this book available for free on kindle, so I decided to read it. I am both anti-abortion and anti-capital punishment/death penalties, and I get upset when I read pro-life books that seem to be for one and against another. This wasn't a bad book, but I felt it was more opinionated rather than filled with great proofs, though there were some of that too. I liked the short chapter about having mercy on women who have had abortions and suffer the guilt of the decision they had once made. I think the book ended pretty abruptly after a lengthy chapter that was a court conversation with an embriotic specialist doctor of sorts. It was pretty much the most interesting part of the whole book. I did like a few things that Sproul said, but for the most part, I lacked interest in the book. It was a very fast read though. There were summaries to close out each chapter (other than the last).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lillian Ammann (Lillie) on April 2, 2013
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The author demonstrates that the Bible condemns abortion, and then shows that advances in science now prove that unborn babies are human beings. He points out that the people to target in trying to bring pro-choice advocates to the pro-life position are those who say they are personally against abortion but don't want to force their views on women who have the right to choose. That's like saying you are personally opposed to murder but don't want to take away others' right to choose. Some things are not a matter of choice.

One of the most interesting things in this book to me was an appendix. The French geneticist who discovered the chromosome for Down syndrome testified in a case in which a divorcing couple were in a custody battle over frozen embryos remaining after they tried in vitro fertilization, and the transcript of his testimony was in the appendix. The geneticist spoke in English as a second language, but his description of the development of a baby from conception was absolutely lyrical. He never wavered; no matter how many ways the lawyers tried to get him to say that the embryos should be destroyed, he insisted they should not be destroyed as they were living human beings.
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