Craig is a top scholar and debater, and in this chapter presents a clear, crisp and powerful pro-life and anti-abortion argument.
We heartily recommend this highly readable book to all Christians and others interested in defending the pro-life position.
Other chapters include: Doubt, Unanswered Prayer, Failure, Suffering and Evil, Homosexuality, and Christ, the Only Way.
In recent U. S. presidential elections, the question of abortion has typically been one of the issues separating the candidates. In an effort to persuade people at the church we were attending at the time of an election to vote for the candidate who opposed abortion on demand, I put a newspaper ad on the bulletin board downstairs. It pictured a group of several little babies with the headline: “One out of every three babies conceived in the U.S. is aborted.” This tragic statistic is accurate. But a week later as I passed through the hall, I noticed that someone had written these words across the ad: “Right-wing religious propaganda.”
I was surprised at those words. Is that all there is to concern about 33 percent of conceptions ending in abortion: right-wing religious propaganda? Well, a lot of people certainly seem to think so. And that includes Christians. A friend recently showed me a letter written by a woman from our church who has since moved away. She gave six reasons for her supporting abortion:
- Murder must have a malicious motive.
- There are too many unwanted children in the world, and white couples don’t like to adopt minority children.
- The world’s population is exploding too rapidly.
- Most childless couples don’t want to have children or adopt.
- A woman’s body is her own business; it should not be a political issue.
- If people in underdeveloped nations are urged to have birth control or abortion, the same policies should apply in developed nations.
What about these arguments? Do they suffice to justify abortion on demand? Are people who oppose abortion little more than right-wing religious propagandists?