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Politically Correct Death: Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights
The author explains and responds to ethical and philosophical arguments used to defend a pro-choice position. Key court decisions are also critiqued.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 1993 by Baker Publishing Group (MI)
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At its time, probably the most cogent, thorough, and forceful defense of the pro-life position. It has been surpassed by Beckwith's newest contribution: Defending Life (Cambridge). So, at this stage of the game it would probably be most prudent to purchase his latest polemic. Almost all the arguments in this book are found in Defending Life, and they are framed in their more advanced forms in that book. Nevertheless, this book was foundational for my development as a defender of the unborn. Eith ...more
This is the older version of the newer book that is now called Defending Life (Cambridge University Press). I haven't come across any other book that traverses so much ground with the experience and depth of understanding that Beckwith brings to this task. The book is a great reflection of Beckwith's personality: humorous, witty, clearly reasoned,& comprehensive. If I could choose one book for anyone on either side of this issue to read as a primer for the pro-life position it would be this. ...more
This book is immensely helpful in clarifying the pro-life position that the unborn are fully human at birth, and that though the abortion debate may be complex psychologically and emotionally, it is very simply morally, as the whole debate comes down to the question, what is the unborn? The author decisively answers pro-abortion arguments, both popular and academic. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the debate.
Thoroughly researched, incredibly well written volume on the abortion issue. Francis Beckwith does an outstanding job of getting down to the "real" issue of abortion. This is a must read for Christian and non-Christian alike. In fact, no matter what side of this important issue you are on do yourself a favor and read this book.
Francis J. Beckwith is Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy and Co-Director of the Program on Philosophical Studies of Religion in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). With his appointment in the Department of Philosophy, he also teaches courses in the Departments of Po ...moreMore about Francis J. Beckwith...