Consistently Pro-Life: The Ethics of Bloodshed in Ancient by Rob Arner,J. Jayakiran Sebastian

By Rob Arner,J. Jayakiran Sebastian

Consistently Pro-Life is a booklet approximately killing. in particular, it takes up the query of whilst and less than what situations is it morally justifiable for a Christian to take human lifestyles. The homicide of abortionist Dr. George Tiller on Pentecost Sunday 2009 reignited the nationwide debate over abortion through focusing consciousness at the seeming hypocrisy of these who could kill to safeguard lifestyles. yet repeatedly, those that could condemn the killing of Dr. Tiller could effortlessly justify the killing of humans in different conditions. This ends up in the query: What foundation will we need to pass judgement on a selected act of violence as morally reliable or ethically justifiable in gentle of the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Rob Arner explores those matters and argues that the planned killing of any person is incompatible with the ethical lifetime of a follower of Jesus. Readers will realize within the witness of the traditional Christian church an instance of ways glossy Christians may perhaps regularly follow gospel precepts towards questions of the taking of human lifestyles. via a brand new taxonomy that categorizes the traditional Christian witnesses in accordance with person concerns reminiscent of abortion/infanticide, killing in battle, and the bloody Roman "games," Consistently Pro-Life demonstrates that the early church continuously hostile the killing of human people, and means that the self-discipline and ethical readability of the traditional Christians on problems with violence can convey us a brand new approach ahead in a time of polarizing tradition wars.

"Many have famous that during our 'time among the days' we've got a lot to benefit from the ecumenical consensus within the early church. Others have known as us to take care of the 'ancient-future' practices of the church for a revitalization of present Christian worship. a few have even reminded us that grace and sturdy works can't, in keeping with the early church, be separated. even if, nearly not anyone has reminded us as basically as has Rob Arner, during this compelling and beautifully written booklet, that if we're to be actual to the substance of the lessons of the traditional Church, actual to the Spirit wherein it used to be lively, then we needs to get well their dedication to a Consistently Pro-Life theological ethic."
--Mark Thiessen Nation
Eastern Mennonite Seminary

"Consistently Pro-Life provides a well-argued, well-documented case for the view that the early church prior to Constantine antagonistic all killing of humans. It additionally in actual fact connects the considering the early church with our modern debates approximately abortion, capital punishment, and battle. simply struggle advocates will item at a few issues, yet Arner presents facts and a thesis that can't be ignored."
--Ronald J. Sider
President, Evangelicals for Social Action

"Rob Arner bargains an enormous new method of the problem of Christian participation in violence via a notable blend of up to date and ancient learn . . . i actually became confident that fans of Christ quit their sacred birthright once they stroll clear of the novel nonviolence of Christ and his earliest fans. Arner's vitally important booklet may also help many succeed in an identical conclusion."
--David P. Gushee
Mercer University

Rob Arner is a PhD candidate in Theology and Christian Ethics on the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and an accessory professor at Chestnut Hill College.

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