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Abortion: A Rational Look At An Emotional Issue

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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 th ...more
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Published May 1st 1990 by NavPress Publishing Group
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Oct 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very sobering read. I'm so thankful that Dr. Sproul has taken the time to write a piece that is clear, coherent, and rational. I pray the Lord, in His grace, will use this book to preserve the lives of those with no voice. Even more so, I pray those whose lives may be spared, along with those performing and receiving abortions, would hear the good news of the gospel, and receive the gift of eternal life in Chris Jesus our Lord.
What you think about abortion reflects what you think about God. Does that sound harsh? I don't mean for it to or to be judgmental, however, that is what theology is about. The gospel addresses abortion and the gospel is about forgiveness. RC Sproul is very clear in his teaching on this issue and you will gleam new insights. The book is more written towards those that have the position of, I don't believe in abortion, but however, I do not want to take that right from another. RC Sproul goes int ...more
Regular Joe
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I have read recently that hasn't been reviewed yet on Knowing how popular R.C. Sproul is this came as a great surprise. An even greater surprise was the subject matter in his book entitled "ABORTION (A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue)." Since most of R.C. Sproul's books are on Theology, Church history and Logic, it seemed unusual for him to write a book on abortion. I'm very happy that he did.

The book is divided into three parts:

Part I: Abortion: The Ethic
Mar 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm a lifelong evangelical Christian, and I'm still looking for a Christian-based pro-life argument that shows at least passing understanding of women's history, the sexual mores at play in the abortion debate, and the real arguments being put forth by the choice community. This wasn't it. Sproul's statement that an unborn baby is "in the same location" as the woman's body, but not "part" of it was particularly dense (not to mention biologically incorrect). I've given birth to a beautiful son, w ...more
Randy Alcorn
When I read R. C. Sproul’s book on abortion twenty years ago I was still a pastor. I recall how grateful I was that a respected theologian had spoken out so clearly on the critical issue of abortion. At the time, such voices were few and far between, with many evangelical theologians seemingly silent about the plight of unborn children. Sproul’s logic is sharp and penetrating, and his reliance on biblical authority is refreshing. The appendix, in which Dr. Jerome Lejeune offers courtroom testimo ...more
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
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 ...more
Luke Seelenbinder
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Sproul writes an excellent overview of the issues pertaining to abortion. He approaches it in a manner that is both logical and heart-felt. His conclusions are weighed and balanced and judgements frank, honest, and humble. He adds an appendix containing testimony by a French geneticist concerning the formation of life from fertilization until fetus. The appendix is worth its weight in gold. I am not overstating it, at all.

If you need a holistic understanding of the debate that is raging in socie
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent presentation of the pro-life argument against abortion on demand. The book carefully covers every aspect of this debate and presents an abundance of evidence and logic to conclude that abortion is indeed the taking of a human life. Appendix A is a very helpful discussion of the development and viability of the fetus, arguing, through the use of court testimony, that even a zygote can be regarded as nothing less than an "early human being." A timely read as we come to Sanctity of Human ...more
AlegnaB †
This book may be helpful to those who consider themselves pro-choice. It will give them some information that they perhaps don't know and will prompt them to think logically and consistently about various things relating to abortion.

I found the scientific info from the transcript of the testimony in court of the French professor of genetics (who won a prize "for being first to discover a disease caused by chromosomal abnormality -- Down's syndrome") to be quite fascinating.
Miss Makaveli
Jan 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Nothing but anti-choice, religious lies created and formulated to make women feel bad about having an abortion. It is his opinion is not what I had hoped it would be when I read this; I am Pagan but from what I understand Jesus was compassionate- it's amazing how may of these xtians don't practice what their book says. Additionally, who is he or you or anyone else to look down and judge another woman? Shameful. Humanity sometimes seems to have no hope.
Mark A Powell
Abortion is one of the most polarizing issues in our day, in part due to the passionate responses associated with either side of the discussion. Attempting to strip away the emotional veneer and deal primarily with the rational presuppositions of abortion, Sproul has re-released this classic work. While overtly Christian, Sproul’s arguments are not limited to that sphere. Updated with relevant data from the last twenty years, this remains a beneficial examination of a hotly-contested issue.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sproul does an expert job of tackling his subject from scientific, religious, historical, ethical and legal points of view. The author draws from a great many sources in explaining his argument and I found his stance interesting. I would add that this book is not only about abortion as the author even covers the difference between the rule of a republic versus that of a democracy. The book was on its way to a 5 star rating for me until the appendix which is an actual transcript of a court case w ...more
Kevin Thompson
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abortion
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
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title says it all. I've long appreciated R.C. Sproul's thoughtful and thorough reasoning in his sermons and writings. This book is no different. Whereas abortion is a hot button topic in the social arena, I do think it is necessary and possible to discuss rationally the moral implications of Roe vs. Wade.

"If we regard the embryo or fetus as a living human person, then the moral implications of destroying that person prior to birth are enormous. As long as we can convince ourselves that a fet
Sheila Myers
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
A book that should be read by every Christian, especially those who consider themselves pro-choice when it comes to abortion.
Jan 28, 2013 added it
I appreciated Sproul weighing in on this topic. Those who have read other works on pro-life works (see my review of Scott Klusendorf's work) will not find anything dramatically new here. Yet it's good to read and review the pro-life's argument. One thing that stood out as unique in this book was actually George Grant's preface. Grant summarized the current landscape in our society, political sphere and culture as the result of the abortion debate since Roe vs. Wade. This fascinating essay filled ...more
Steve Hemmeke
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sproul calmly and persuasively argues for the pro-life position.

The strength of this book is that he does not preach to the choir, but assumes his audience is either on the fence or pro-choice. Sproul first sets forth his position, delving into issues of law, when life begins. He then answers the pro-choice arguments: a woman's right to her body, dangerous black-market abortions, inconsistency with capital punishment.

The take I appreciated most was the critique of the middle-ground position, tha
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 ...more
Evan Minton
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This book on abortion, written by the late R.C Sproul, is a wonderful resource. Sproul puts forth both biblical arguments and non-biblical arguments against abortion. This is a good tactic as there are unfortunately pro-choicers within the Christian community, and while non-Christian pro-choice advocates won't be moved by or even care about the scriptural arguments, for those who take The Bible as their highest authority on matters of faith and practice, these arguments will have some real oomph ...more
Peter N.
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book on the abortion issue. Sproul is calm and careful, but not afraid to speak the truth. What sets this book apart is how Sproul appeals to those who are on the fence. He is not preaching to the choir. Nor is he trying to convince hard-core pro-abortion folks. He is talking to those who would not have abortions, but think women should be able to choose. Or the group that says it is legal so it must be okay. He addresses many of the objections to the pro-life movement. A very good ...more
Dave Jones
I got this as an Amazon freebie on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade (Jan 22).

Much of this is nothing new. Rev. Sproul reviews and responds to the major arguments for/against legalized abortion. A good primer. However, at times his rationale is profound. I especially enjoyed his take on the role of government from a Divine perspective.

Appendix A featured testimony in a court case involving the disposition of frozen embryos in a divorce case. This transcript is of Dr. Jerome Lejeune. He was (he pas
Marguerite Harrell
Great interesting book to read. There is one major error concerning about Beethoven. He didn't become blind, but he did become deaf later in his life. I really enjoy learning a lot of things that I didn't know before about how pro-choice got its name. Yet, pro-choice hurt the pro-life position, but pro-choice (being in the middle) supporting pro-abortion group even they might not agree with abortion case.

I did find the Appendix A very interesting about the guy from France to witness in court in
Jeff Ross
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
I appreciate anyone who can deal with a potentially explosive emotional issue in a calm, logical, rational way. That's what Sproul does in this book. While he is definitely on the pro-life side of the debate, he is very fair at trying to present and understand all sides - pro-abortion, pro-choice, and pro-life, while presenting a pro-life argument from the standpoint of natural law, biblical theology, the role of government and more.

For anyone interested, I wrote a full review on my blog at http
Anderson E.  O'campo
The book is very well written, easy to understand though it is philosophical, theological and scientific. It touches on both sides of the abortion issue pro-abortion and pro-life. However RC Sproul states that pro-choice is not neutral position but without acknowledging, it supports the pro-abortion movement.

The appendix is remarkable, DNA is definitely the evidence that a fetus is a human being even before being a fetus, when it is an embryo it already has the DNA information and all the machin
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book helps sort through not only the pro-life position from a biblical and natural law standpoint, but also sorts through the various arguments against the pro-life position. He provides an excellent appendix of a court proceeding of a French doctor who testified to the beginning of life at conception from scientific conclusions. This is a quick read, and a great reference.Abortion: A Rational Look At An Emotional Issue
Frank Peters
This is, I believe an excellent book. However, from my perspective it has also misrepresented itself. The book is really only designed for those who are at least nominally pro-life. For this audience, the book is outstanding. The arguments are well put together and provide good talking points should a conversation come up. But, I really cannot see anyone, who was not pro-life managing to get through the book without being irritated. Now that I have read the book, I think I will read the Amazon r ...more
Rebecca Van
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is a great book for presenting the pro-life side of abortion on demand. It comes from a moral sense and presents quotes from the Bible. I liked how it asked the question like what is the value in life, when does life truly begin, and what role does the government have in abortion. The book also explain how pro-choice is different from pro-abortion and gives counter arguments for three arguments pro-choice people have. I would recommend this book for anyone struggling with a decision on ...more
Travis Rogers
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, while being pro-life, really takes a fresh approach to this debate. Regardless which side of the fence you stand on, one can appreciate the fact the Dr. Sproul goes out of his way to remove the strawman arguments. There simply is no place for them if one is to be taken seriously. His stance on whether or not abortion can truly be defined as murder is very interesting to say the least. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to educate themselves on the topic.
Asha Francis
Interesting treatment of a provocative issue

While I have my own clear views on abortion informed by my Faith. This book was a difficult read. The attempt to be emotive was a bit much for me but I gather that I am not really the target audience. A necessary conversation in our times for sure and my biggest take away is that ‘pro-choice’ is a not a moral option for a Christian on this and most other matters of this kind.
Isaiah Jesch
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
Dr. Sproul writes very well on this difficult topic. As one convinced of the Pro-Life position already, I appreciated his articulation of some of the key issues, arguments, and counter-points. I feel that this book is a great place to dive into the arguments surrounding what should be a key issue for Christians and pastors to consider today. The appendix contained very helpful materials as well. I consider this a good resource to have on hand and reference when needed.
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Dr. R.C. Sproul (1939–2017) was founder of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian discipleship organization located near Orlando, Fla. He was founding pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., first president of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine.

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