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Abortion: A Rational Look at An Emotional Issue by [Sproul, R.C.]
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Dr. R. C. Sproul, president of Ligonier Ministries, and Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, teaches thousands of people each year via audio and video tapes, speaking engagements, and his growing radio ministry. He is the author of several books, including Basic Training, What's in the Bible, and Loved by God and is co-author of Classical Apologetics.

Dr. Grant is director of the King's Meadow Study Center and Professor of Humanities at the Franklin Classical School.

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  • Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing; Twentieth Anniversary Edition edition (26 May 1990)
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There are two obvious points to make about this book. Firstly the author clearly has a viewpoint on the abortion issue and enters the discussion from this viewpoint rather than looking at the arguments and coming to a decision. He certainly doesn't look at both sides of the debate as is claimed in the preamble about the book.(Please don't assume that you now know where I stand on this issue or decide how helpful my review is based on whether you agree with that perceived viewpoint.) Secondly the author is writing from an american perspective with references to the american constition and established case law in that country, so it is not really written for other english speaking audiences. The author discusses the sanctity of life but then defends a position of supporting capital punishment - why does he have to digress from the issue he is discussing ie abortion? The inevitable question of when life begins is also discussed but I would certainly question how rational this is. The answer given so often is the answer given by this author - that is life begins at conception. The author doesn't pause to consider issues such as a considerable number of conceptuses never implant, and what happens when identical twins occur (if life begins at conception then do twins share a life?) This whole area needs far more consideration in any discussion on when life begins. Later in the book the author argues against pro-choice, a womans right to her body and other arguments put forward to support abortion but you know what he is going to say before you've read much of these chapters. One of the final chapters asks the question is abortion the unforgiveable sin - I was a bit taken aback at the suggestion of this but fortunately the author is very clear that abortion is not unforgiveable.Read more ›
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Like R.C. Sproul I already have strong views on this subject, as would many people both in the USA where Sproul writes from and in the UK were I live.

Having said that I felt that his book was very thorough in the way it treated the subject and the author is to be commended for this. On this basis I would recommend it.

The writer does write for the American market and this is surely to be expected but nevertheless there is much to be gained from reading it.

I found the very long Appendix very hard to follow but this can always be skipped and I think nothing would be lost from doing so

On the whole a good thorough study on an extremely important subject.
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HASH(0x92dbab30) out of 5 stars Questions to Consider 20 Feb. 2015
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R.C. Sproul is a theologian, not a sociologist or health professional. That fact is clearly stated on the outside and inside this book. So I was surprised to come across one of his books from the 1990s on this subject: "ABORTION (A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue)." Since most of R.C. Sproul's books are on Theology, Church history and matters of ethic and logic, it seemed unusual for him to write a book on a social issue like abortion.

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."

I found Sproul's section on how abortion can be shown to violate Natural Law very interesting which included a brief history of abortion in both America and world history. He states that "Abortion--whatever else it may be--is an act against nature." This is an intriguing and expanded viewpoint, especially for those who don't view abortion beyond the boundaries of personal choice. Sproul really begins to get to the crux of the matter when he addresses the central point of "When does life begin?", a question he covers from the medical, legal and biblical viewpoints. In addition, Sproul even focuses a chapter on the role of Government in abortion. I haven't heard the issue of abortion presented from this vantage point before.

For Sproul, the following is the core issue of the abortion debate: "At the heart of the abortion issue rests one single, overarching question: Is abortion a form of murder? does abortion involve the willful destruction of a living human person? Though there are many who believe an abortion is justified on the grounds that the developing baby is 'unwanted,' few if any of these same people would be in favor of destroying the child after it is born. There are far fewer advocates of infanticide than there are of abortion. The reason for this is clear. In the minds of pro-abortionists, an unborn baby is not considered a living human person. Once birth occurs, however, a different set of rules apply."

In Part II, Sproul provides an analysis of the Pro-Abortion and Pro-Choice (there is a difference) arguments. This part is where Sproul is at his finest, sifting through the often-heard clichés like "a woman alone has the moral right to her own body," "women have a legal right to privacy on abortion" and "men have no right to address abortion because it is a women's issue." He carefully peals back these arguments, revealing the underlying arguments that cannot be honestly defended.

The Pro-Choice chapter is such a revealing study and asks questions every citizen in America needs to ask themselves and honestly answer. According to Sproul, there are relatively few in America who are Pro-Abortion and many more individuals who are Pro-Choice, or at least they think they are. Again, Sproul reveals just what is meant when we claim we are Pro-Choice. He wraps up Part II with a chapter on The Problem of Unwanted Pregnancies.

Part III covers the Pro-Life position and strategy. Sproul ends his book with a fascinating 33-page Appendix which includes a transcript of testimony provided by Jerome Lejeune, M.D., Ph.D, a Professor of Fundamental Genetics concerning when he medically concludes when life begins. Dr. Lejeune holds the Kennedy Prize for being first to discover a disease caused by chromosomal abnormality--Down's Syndrome. Testimony was given during a court proceeding in August, 1989. If nothing else, this appendix should be considered, especially for those who think there is no empirical evidence for when life begins.

I was impressed with the way Dr. Sproul handled this sensitive and emotionally-charged subject. The only drawback I found was the book is 20 years old and, though the arguments are timeless, some of the data is in need of a updating. It is a fast read, yet at the same time very thought-provoking, just like most of Sproul's other books.
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HASH(0x9299a840) out of 5 stars A Well-Reasoned and Biblical Look at Abortion reviewed by Bill Pence of CoramDeotheBlog.com 11 Aug. 2015
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I first read this important book when it was published in 1990. Since that time I’ve heard Dr. Sproul mention several times that it’s one of the worst- selling of his 90-plus books. It was updated in 2010, and features an extended Foreword from George Grant, who helped to update the book in light of changes over the past twenty years. In light of the recent Planned Parenthood videos, and the fact that one and a half million babies are killed every year in the United States alone, I decided to read the book again.

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?

Sproul states that he is convinced that if it could be proven that the destruction of unborn babies is in fact the willful destruction of living human beings, the debate on abortion would be all but over, and the law of the land would as clearly prohibit abortion as it does all forms of homicide.

He addresses the important question of when life begins and states that the answer a person chooses to that question often determines his or her position on the abortion issue.

He discusses the issue of the sanctity of life, stating that in biblical terms the sanctity of human life is rooted and grounded in creation. He states that the Bible clearly indicates that unborn babies are considered living human beings before they are born, and that the weight of the biblical evidence is that life begins at conception.

He states that before we ever pick up any surgical instrument to destroy a developing human fetus, we must be certain we are acting justly, and asks the following helpful questions:
• What is your conscience telling you on abortion?
• Why do you hold the position you hold?
• How did you arrive at your conclusions?"
Sproul writes that the fear of divine judgment governs his actions regarding abortion. He is firmly convinced that God hates abortion and will judge it thoroughly.
He addresses the role of government, stating that the foundational obligation of all government is to protect, sustain, and maintain human life. The protection of human life is at the heart of the role of government.

He addresses many of the common objections to the elimination of legalized abortion on demand. He talks about the effective strategy of using the language of pro-choice, rather than pro-abortion. Sproul’s purpose is to convince the undecided that the pro-life view is the proper ethical option, stating that the evidence is overwhelming that an embryo or fetus is a living human being.
He states that for those who are uncomfortable with the pro-life, pro-abortion, or pro-choice positions, there is another possibility: undecided.

He states that only a small number of abortions involve rape or incest, and abortions performed to save the lives of women are exceedingly rare. The real issue is abortion for convenience or because the child is simply not wanted.
He discusses the obvious alternative to abortion is to put the baby up for adoption, stating that families who adopt children provide a model for pro-life activists.

Two appendices are included:
Appendix A: A lengthy testimony on the beginning of human life.
Appendix B: Helpful pro-life resources.
I highly recommend that you read this well-reasoned book on a very emotional issue in our country.
19 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x930242d0) out of 5 stars If new to the abortion debate, this book can be read with profit, but other introductions do a better job 14 Feb. 2011
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_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.'"

In the second part of the book, Sproul addresses some of the arguments used in defense of the pro-abortion position (e.g., the woman's right to her body, pregnancy as a result of rape or incest). Part three contains a chapter on whether abortion is the unpardonable sin and offers a pro-life strategy in the final chapter.

As always, I appreciate Sproul's writing style. He writes clearly and articulately. His contribution to the abortion debate is respectable, but I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone looking for a strong pro-life case. Admittedly, Sproul's book is a brief case against abortion, so it shouldn't be judged for failing to be the be-all end-all on the abortion debate. That said, I find many of the arguments - particularly the natural law ones - to be a less than optimal way to engage the debate. In my opinion, a better introductory book on the issue with more helpful arguments would be something like Scott Klusendorf's, _The Case for Life_.

I hate to sound negative because I've read a lot of Sproul and genuinely appreciate his writings. Most certainly the reader who is new to the abortion debate can gain a lot from reading this book. However, I think other introductory books do a better job. So, if your time and/or book budget are limited, you may want to consider looking to other sources for an overview.
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HASH(0x92942108) out of 5 stars The Bible and Science on the Subject of Abortion 2 April 2013
By Lillian Ammann (Lillie) - Published on Amazon.com
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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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HASH(0x93979e94) out of 5 stars Semi-interesting 22 July 2013
By Justice Pirate - Published on Amazon.com
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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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