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Sacredness of Human Life

Sacredness of Human Life

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The Sacredness of Human Life

Why an Ancient Biblical vision is Key to the World's Future

David P. Gushee
Eerdmans, 2013
ISBN 9780802844200

Hardcover, 477 pp.
6 x 1.25 x 9 inches | 1.75 lbs.

This authoritative book is the most comprehensive examination ever of the sacredness of human life. Never before has one volume explored this subject in such a multifaceted way, encompassing biblical roots, theological elaborations, historical cases, and contemporary ethical perspectives.

Tracing the concept of the sacredness of human life from Scripture through church history to the present day, David Gushee argues that viewing human life as sacred is one of the most precious legacies of biblical faith — albeit one that the church has too often failed to uphold.

Besides providing a masterful historical survey, Gushee’s discussion covers the many current ethical challenges and perspectives that will impact the survival and flourishing of human life, including biotechnology, the death penalty, abortion, human rights, nuclear weapons, just war theory, women’s rights, and creation care.

Sacredness of Human Life is a game-changing book that will set the standard for all future discussions of this key ethical concept.

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