The Sacredness of Human Life by David P. Gushee
Why an Ancient Biblical Vision Is Key to the World's Future

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The Sacredness of Human Life challenges us, calling on us to rethink our thoughts and ideas with the hope that this sacredness can once again become central to all our lives.
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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.

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

About David P. Gushee

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David P. Gushee is distinguished university professor of Christian ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia. An active participant in American public life, he has also written The Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, and The Future of Faith in American Politics.
 
Published January 14, 2013 by Eerdmans. 481 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Donald F. Calbreath on Nov 30 2012

The Sacredness of Human Life challenges us, calling on us to rethink our thoughts and ideas with the hope that this sacredness can once again become central to all our lives.

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