Abortion: A Rational Look At an Emotional Issue, Twentieth Anniversary Edition  -     By: RC Sproul
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Abortion: A Rational Look At an Emotional Issue, Twentieth Anniversary Edition

Reformation Trust Publishing / 2010 / Hardcover

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In Abortion: A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue, R.C. Sproul employs his unique perspective as a highly experienced pastor-theologian and a trained philosopher to provide well-considered and compassionate answers to the difficult questions that attend termination of pregnancy.

Sproul strives for a factual and well-reasoned approach informed by careful biblical exegesis and theological scholarship. He examines both sides of this issue in terms of biblical teaching, civil law, and natural law.

This edition includes a new foreword by George Grant, and has been updated to reflect recent legal developments on abortion. Appendixes provide further background on the issue of when life begins and list sources for pro-life resources.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 232
Vendor: Reformation Trust Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN-13: 9781567692099
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Abortion: a Rational Look at an Emotional Issue reads like an academic paper but with an incredibly adept emphasis on remaining leveled at a layperson audience: strong arguments, sound rationale, and thoroughly understandable explanations. Dr. R.C. Sproul, a robust presence among Christian theologians, shows within this text a logical and systematic approach to the analysis of abortion.

The book addresses the ethics involved, analyzes the pro-choice arguments, and offers a response and strategy. Throughout the book's three sections, issues are further broken down and assessed on a piece-by-piece basis.

Though the vast majority of the book feels unbiased and logical, leading terminology is sprinkled here and there, giving subtitle favoritism to the side of pro-life. The arguments, however, are quite strong, well researched and quite convincing

Overall, this book tackles the issues well, delivering everything it promises and more. I recommend this book to anyone wanting a good summary of the issues or to anyone wanting to be generally informed. – Matthew J. Mimnaugh, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Beloit, WI
    Age: 25-34
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Worldview!
    October 19, 2011
    Beloit, WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Yesterday students across the nation took part in the National Pro Life Day of Silent Solidarity which got me thinking about this book by R.C. Sproul. This was updated and released just in time for 37th anniversary for the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. The goal was to get this book in the hands of every congressman and senator in Washington. If they read the book, it would not doubt have an impact.

    This book is well worth the read, and I would encourage everyone objectively thinking about this issue to go out a buy a copy. One by one, Sproul tackles the objections of the pro-choice crowd and systematically and intelligently dismantles each of them. There is much discussion on issues such as the role of government, imposing morality, when life actually begins and the nature of sin in general. But, wait, there's more_

    It seems as though most pro-life material out there seeks to either pull at the heart strings or outrage the civilized, clear thinking conscience. However, this book provides a well-thought out philosophical worldview that not only is not only useful in attacking pro-choice arguments, but grounds the Christian in a thoroughly Biblical foundation that promotes the sanctity of life in the image of God.

    Here's just one example of what you will find in the book:

    "In so far as we are still human, we retain the image of God in the wider sense. We are still valuable creatures. We may no longer be worthy, but we still have worth. This is the resounding biblical message of redemption. The creatures God created are the same creatures He is moved to redeem. Because Christians speak so tirelessly about human sin, do they have a low view of humanity? Indeed, they have a love view of human virtue, but not a corresponding love view of human worth or importance. It is precisely because the Bible has such a high view of human dignity that Christian take human sin so seriously. If one rat steals another rat's food, we don't get morally outraged. But, it one human steals another human's food, we rightly become concerned." (pages 22-23)

    Clearly, R.C. Sproul's gift is his ability to explain difficult concepts in an easy-to-understand manner. I taught through much of this material with my high school students and found it a huge help. The summary and discussion questions at the end of each chapter also help in taking in all this material.

    I don't normally say this, but this is a "must-read." If you have any commitment to the life issue, buy this book! If you wonder why so many are committed to the life issue, buy this book! You will not regret it.

    Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
  2. Wisconsin
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A serious read for a serious issue
    December 26, 2010
    Ben Umnus
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    Gender: male
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    Words cannot begin to describe the pain and the emotions within this debate. Whether one admits it or not, this isn't just a political issue this is also religious and personal. Obviously, I'm aware there are experiences/thoughts which I may never be able to fully understand, yet that's no excuse for us to be ignorant on abortion; I like how this is addressed in chapter 5. As you may know, this is one of America's most controversial of politics and I feel more people ought to learn about Abortions especially due to the seriousness behind them...

    Though this wasn't a book which talked about everything, for that book would be too long, I believe Dr. R.C Sproul did an excellent job with talking about the issue in his book Abortion in a fair and reasonable presentation. Dr. R.C. Sproul talked about many things such as the history of Abortion, the arguments for and against it, the scientific aspects, the religious aspects and biblical application, the emotional aspects, the government's role, statistics, abortion myths, etc. As someone who is pro-life I thoroughly enjoyed reading his book because it was educational and inspiring. Though I doubt this is the miracle book to give to someone who is Pro-Abortion, (I say Pro-abortion because being Pro-Choice is not the same) I do believe this is a book which ought to be read especially those who are unsure and who are currently pregnant.

    Disclaimer: Ben Umnus was given a free copy of this book by Reformation Trust Publishing, but he was neither paid for his review nor was he commanded by Reformation Trust Publishing to write a positive review. This review is the personal, written opinion of Ben Umnus. This disclaimer is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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