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Personhood: A Pragmatic Guide to Prolife Victory in the 21st Century and the Return to First Principles in Politics Paperback – March 1, 2011
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"Dan Becker's book is a great blend of prudence, pragmatism and principled politics; it is certain to cause us to rethink prolife strategy in the 21st century." --Dr. Donald Wildmon
Founder and Chairman Emeritus of American Family Association and American Family Radio
"I just got around to reading your book tonight, and I think I won't stop until I am done. It is the finest pro-life work I have read, period." --Gualberto Jones
"The push for personhood across the United States is motivating the prolife movement while also inspiring others to take up the cause. Dan Becker has been out front in leading the personhood charge and his book gives special insight on how we can all work together to make the US a true prolife nation." --Tom McClusky
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council Action
"'Personhood' is at the very heart of the 21st Century Civil Rights Movement. My Uncle Martin once said that to deny a person is " to say that he has no right to existence." Whether it is Dred Scott, Sojourner Truth, 1968 Sanitation Workers, or a baby viewed in a 3D Ultrasound, from conception until natural birth, a person is a human being, entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This right to personhood is a civil right. So, this book is an essential tool for these times." --Dr. Alveda C. King
(Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
King for America and Priests for Life
"All believers in God should insist, without compromise, that the human law must always treat every innocent human being as a person entitled to the right to life. Dan Becker courageously affirms this truth." --Professor Charles Rice Emeritus, Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame
"The field of bio-science brings a host of unforeseen public policy issues that adversely impact our "unalienable right to life." Legal Personhood is at the root of all dialogue and debate. The prolife movement can no longer focus solely on abortion, but must expand to include the new challenges brought on by the emerging technology of the twenty-first century.
I commend the Personhood movement and its political successes as a consistent and promising approach to restoring respect and effective legal protection to all innocent human life from its earliest biological beginning until natural death." --Morton Blackwell, Founder, Leadership Training Institute
"Dan Becker's book provides a much needed challenge to those in the pro-life movement who are content with the status quo; it is a strong reminder that we should never compromise principle when defending what Pope John Paul II described as "the inviolable right of every innocent human being to life." --Robert J. Muise, Senior Trial Counsel, Thomas More Law Center
From the Publisher
This book attempts to define and answer many of the questions being asked by prolife activists and supporters today concerning Personhood: What is it? Why is it necessary? Can the strategy win? Is the timing right? How can I start a movement in my state? The answers will challenge you to embrace a deeper faith in God's power as He works through us in prudential and pragmatic ways to effect change.
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Top Customer Reviews
Reading Personhood - A Pragmatic Guide to Prolife Victory in the 21st Century and the Return to First Principles in Politics by Daniel Becker has been a genuine pleasure!
Instead of the contemporary political approach of seeking legal limits and regulation of abortion, Daniel Becker proposes a strategy for prolife activism that is based on an uncompromising biblical principle, known as "Personhood".
Personhood is defined as:
"... the recognition by our culture and our government that each individual human life has an `unalienable' right to life from its earliest biological beginning. This right to life extends to natural death, regardless of one's disability, gender, race, dependency or manner of conception. The `unalienable' right to life comes from God by virtue of the fact, that we have been created in His image and are thus imbued with a unique worth and dignity not found in the rest of creation." (24)
Daniel Becker asserts that Personhood is defined by God (not governments) and is based on divine law, which declares that God is the creator, sustainer and ultimate determiner of when life begins and ends. Divine law is contrasted with natural law, which "... draws its authority on a presumed absolute demanded by Reason and supposedly shared by all humans, not on a moral absolute whose authority is God the Creator." (37)
The book presents a history of Personhood from the first century onward, noting legal and theological literary sources.Read more ›
Becker discusses the history of pro-life activism and why the "lesser of two evils" strategy in American politics has resulted in a practical failure of the goal of making abortion illegal as it was for the majority of American history. So is there a possibility of victory after 40 years of legalized abortion? The legal definition of `personhood' is the answer, as Becker defines as the `biblical' definition of personhood - that all human life is sacred, in that all human life bears the image of God, the Creator.
A veteran of Georgia state politics, Becker traces the history of the pro-life movement in the state, including his own run for office and his controversial campaign strategy, as well as the re-dedication of the movement to a no compromise stance for all incumbents and candidates and the subsequent legal successes in the state to date since pursuing the establishment of biblical `Personhood.'
This is a practical and inspiring must-read for all those who work for the protection of the lives of the unborn in America.
Daniel Becker to me is one the people Leonard Ravenhill spoke of when addressing ministers stated: "One of these days some simple soul is going to pick up God's word and read it and believe it and then we are ALL going to be embarrassed! We have adopted the convenient theory that the Bible is to be explained, whereas first and foremost it is to be believed and then obeyed!"
Read "Personhood" It cleared up my misconceptions about this stratagy. In fact I bought 45 copies to give out.
While I gave it 5 stars, I am concerned about how Personhood strategists are going to avoid the birth control and IVF issue.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
New Hope is being offered in this book by introducing a new Pro-Life movement, with the strategy to Honor God!Published on December 7, 2013 by William Hunt
This book cuts to the heart of the abortion debate...the Unborn is a Person and deserving of Legal Protection. Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by K. BB
This book is so great I order multiple copies to give to anyone who has questions about being pro-life in a Biblical manner. If you have not read it you are missing a lot.Published on February 7, 2013 by Pat McEwen