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Abortion: A Rational Look at An Emotional Issue (Sproul)

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

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


Table of Contents:

Part I: Abortion: The Ethical Dilemma of our Time

1. A Nation Divided

2. The Sanctity of Life

3. The Sanctity of Life and Natural Law

 4. When Does Life Begin?

5. What If You Are Not Sure About Abortion?

6. The Role of Government in Abortion

Part II: An Analysis of Pro-Abortion and Pro-Choice Arguments

7. A Woman’s Right to Her Body

8. Three Frequent Assertions

9. The Pro-Choice Position

10. The Problem of Unwanted Pregnancies

Part III: A Compassionate Response and Strategy

11. Is Abortion the Unpardonable Sin?

12. A Pro-Life Strategy

Appendix A: Testimony on the Beginning of Human Life

Appendix B: Pro-Life Resources 



R. C. Sproul (Drs, Free University of Amsterdam) is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries. He has written more than sixty books. Dr. Sproul was professor of systematic theology and apologetics at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale until 2004 and, before that, taught at Reformed Theological Seminary. He serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew’s Chapel, Sanford, Florida, and teaches on the national daily radio program Renewing Your Mind.



“Staying silent on the issue of abortion is no longer an option. It is time for those who are respected and capable to speak out and say it straight. I know of no one who qualifies better than R.C. Sproul.” – Chuck Swindoll, Senior Pastor, Stonebriar Community Church

“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; you decide the verdict.” – John MacArthur, Pastor-teaching, Grace Community Church

“R.C. Sproul’s book on abortion is a classic text in the evangelical witness against the culture of death. I pray this Twentieth Anniversary Edition will awaken a new generation of Christians to the joyful duty of protecting the ‘least of these,’ our Lord Jesus’ unborn brothers and sisters.” – Russell D. Moore, Dean, School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary