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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433503204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433503207
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Scott Klusendorf has produced a marvelous resource that will equip pro-lifers to communicate more creatively and effectively as they engage our culture. The Case for Life is well-researched, well-written, logical, and clear, containing many pithy and memorable statements. Those already pro-life will be equipped; those on the fence will likely be persuaded. Readers looking to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves will find much here to say. I highly recommend this book."
Randy Alcorn, Founder and Director, Eternal Perspective Ministries; author, If God Is Good and Heaven

"Scott Klusendorf takes the insights and methods for defending the right to life he so effectively communicates in his teaching presentations into a book that provides a clear and cogent biblical rationale for the sanctity and dignity of life, born or unborn. This is a great tool for the layman who knows he or she is pro-life, but doesn't understand the presuppositions on which his or her beliefs are based or who doesn't feel equipped to defend or discuss the issue with others."
Charles Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview

"The Case for Life is a veritable feast of helpful information about pro-life issues, the finest resource about these matters I have seen. It is accessible to the layperson, and it lays out a strategy for impacting the world for a culture of life."
J. P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University; author, Love Your God with All Your Mind

"The Case for Life has set a new standard for pro-life apologetics. Accessible for the layperson, Scott has articulated and refuted every major and minor pro-choice objection to the pro-life position."
Barbara Shackelford, Executive Director, A Women's Pregnancy Center, Tallahassee, Florida

"Scott Klusendorf's accessible, winsomely-written book presents a well-reasoned, comprehensive case for intrinsic human dignity and worth. Klusendorf not only equips the reader with incisive, insightful responses to pro-abortion arguments, he also presents a full defense of the biblical worldview."
Paul Copan, Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University; author, Loving Wisdom: Christian Philosophy of Religion

"This book will equip the reader to articulate both a philosophical case and a biblical case for life and to answer intelligently and persuasively the main objections to the pro-life position. It is easy to follow and hard to put down."
Patrick Lee, McAleer Professor of Bioethics, Director, Institute of Bioethics, Franciscan University of Steubenville

"The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage Culture by Scott Klusendorf is prophetic and practical. It is prophetic in the sense that it makes a clear and undeniable argument based on truth about human value. It gives a biblically informed pro-life view. It is practical because it provides pro-life advocates a toolbox for offering understandable defenses for the unborn. It shows how to logically answer objections and move a debate to a dialogue. As a pastor, I was challenged, informed, and inspired to confidently and graciously make a difference in my generation for the cause of life."
Jimmy Dale Patterson, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Newman, Georgia

About the Author

Scott Klusendorf is the president of Life Training Institute, where he trains pro-life advocates to persuasively defend their views. A passionate and engaging platform speaker, Scott's pro-life presentations have been featured by Focus on the Family, Truths That Transform, and American Family Radio. Scott is a graduate of UCLA and the author of Pro-Life 101.


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Scott Klusendorf is the president of Life Training Institute, where he trains pro-life advocates to persuasively defend their views. A passionate and engaging platform speaker, Scott's pro-life presentations have been featured by Focus on the Family, Truths That Transform, and American Family Radio. Scott is a graduate of UCLA and the author of Pro-Life 101.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend to anyone looking to understand the pro-life view.
R. Polanco
What we need is more pro-life thinkers and activists like Scott Klusendorf, who have the intellectual skills to navigate the arguments so clearly in his book.
J. Sorensen
If you question anything I've written above, you need to read this book.
Tina Brown

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
There was a time when my mother was actively involved in the pro-life movement here in the Toronto area. I have many memories of journeying downtown with her, taking the subway and bus with mom, so we could volunteer in some way in the fight against abortion. I have fond memories of it, mostly. At times, though, I am prone to despair as it seems that in the twenty or twenty-five years between then and now, there has been little change, little progress. The United States has not seen an overturn of Roe v. Wade and Canada still has no abortion law at all (which is really little different than enacting a law protecting a woman's right to abort her child). I am buoyed, though, when I hear stories of individuals who have been impacted by pro-life work, stories of women who have encountered pro-life advocates, who have realized the value of life and who have chosen to save the lives of their unborn children. At least for the time being, this seems to be how God would have us fight this battle--not in court rooms or parliaments or senates (or not primarily, in any case), but in encounters with individuals.

Though I have always been staunchly pro-life, it occurred to me as I picked up Scott Klusendorf's The Case for Life that I had never read a book-length treatment of the case against abortion. For that reason I was eager to read this one. Klusendorf is a disciple of Gregg Cunningham of the Center for Bioethical Reform and of Gregory Koukl of Stand to Reason. In the book's opening pages he expresses his admiration for both men and his debt to them. Cunningham, he says, taught him courage while Koukl taught him to be a gracious ambassador for the Christian worldview. In both cases the similarities are clear.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Bambino on April 23, 2009
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One of the main goals that Scott had when writing this book was to create a synthesis of the writings of Beckwith, Robert George, Patrick Lee, and other scholarly pro-lifers which was accessible to the average Christian. Mission accomplished. Although I have am farmiliar with the writings of George and Beckwith, I walked a away from this book having learned a lot of common sense strategies and practical ways to discuss abortion. Scott does a great job of analyzing a typical discussion about abortion and showing where the pro-lifer goes astray and what strategies she can take to control the conversation. For example, the simple question "what do you mean by that?" can really begin to get the abortion-choicer to explain their view and sometimes to even see how inconsistent it is. Another strength of the overall abortion discussion strategy is to focus on WHAT the unborn is. Always have in the back of your mind- what is the unborn and try and steer the conversation to that question. A good way to bring this up is to ask if that logic works if we're talking about a two year old whenever the abortion-choicer defends abortion with something like poverty. Usually the conversation will then move into the "bodily rights" argument, which is something Scott also has covered.

The chapter on the argument from bodily rights is one of the clearest and best rebuttals I have ever read. It rivals Beckwith. Scott considers the argument as put forth by the big names- Thompson, McDonagh, and Boonin. He then discusses many scenarios, both theoretical and actual, to show that a notion of bodily ownership which allows a person to directly and willfully kill an innocent human being as a means or an end is simply not a right that anyone should have.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tina Brown on April 20, 2009
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The Case for Life is a great resource for those who are pro-life and for anyone who wants to know more about abortion and embryonic stem cell research. The book includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter and would be great to use with a group. The author, Scott Klusendorf, makes you question your beliefs and challenges you to do more than passively say "I'm pro-life."

Mr. Klusendorf discusses various issues surrounding abortion, such as: when is it ok to have one?, what is the unborn? what makes humans valuable? is it just because they are human or do they have to think and reason to be valuable? He answers all of those questions plus much more.
Another topic discussed is embryonic stem cells vs. adult stem cells. One of these two topics is already helping cure several diseases. Which do you think it is? What about cloning? Is it ok? What exactly happens during the cloning process?

If you question anything I've written above, you need to read this book. It's a very valuable resource. It will help answer your questions and give you the tools you need to debate pro-choice advocates. I have always considered myself pro-life but have not done anything to show it. The time is now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GPBC Youth on October 4, 2010
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I read this book in two days. It is by far the best book for articulating a pro-life apologetic that I have found. As a youth pastor I am constantly looking for books, articles and websites to point parents and students towards as they struggle with contemporary issues. I have found this book to be a valuable resource for parents and students that struggle with articulating the philosophy and worldview that lies behind the pro-life message. Parts 1 and 2 are so very helpful in developing the framework for the debate and parts 3 and 4 are invaluable to the student who is writing a position paper or to the youth pastor preparing to discuss the issues with students seeking answers. I cannot give a higher recommendation for this book. It should be a must-read for students as they prepare to graduate and for to anyone wanting know more about why they should be pro-life.
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