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Abortion & The Sanctity Of Human Life

Abortion & The Sanctity Of Human Life

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Dr. Beckwith helps the reader to move beyond the popular claims surrounding abortion to an understanding of what is really being said and done. This study will equip you to become a defender of life.

The purpose of this book is twofold:

  1. To teach pro-life advocates how to better articulate and defend their viewpoint in the public square in an intelligent, gracious, and coherent manner.
  2. To provide an easy-to-read defense of the pro-life position for those who may be skeptical of its truth or are curious about how it is defended.

The author’s stated purpose is to present a case against abortion rights and in support of unborn human beings that is accurate, fair, does not compromise academic integrity, and yet is accessible to a wide range of people who, for differing reasons, would not ordinarily read technical literature on the subject.

Abortion and the Sanctity of Human Life has 7 chapters and 122 pages.

By Frances J. Beckwith

ISBN 978-0-89900-842-9



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Book Features

  • Though suitable for individual study, this book is Ideal for use in small groups.
  • Chapters start with a list of the key points to be covered.
  • Discussion questions enable small groups to listen to one another on this important topic.
  • Chapters end with a “consider this” section that sparks interaction and transitions to the next chapter.
  • Footnotes are provided for a deeper study.
  • Bibliography recommends books, articles, websites and even programs of study in the field of bioethics.
  • Author biography allows the reader to know the author and points the way to many more articles and books by Beckwith.


About the Author

Francis Beckwith is an American philosopher, professor, scholar, speaker, writer, and lecturer.

He is currently Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies, Affiliate Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy, at Baylor University, where he first served as Associate Director of Baylor's J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies. Beckwith works in the areas of ethics, legal and political philosophy, philosophy of religion, and church-state jurisprudence.

Beckwith is well known for his legal and philosophical work on abortion, arguing in defense of the sanctity of life in several academic publications including his 2007 book Defending Life, published by Cambridge University Press, and his 1993 book, Politically Correct Death, published by Baker Publishing Group. He has also published multiple books examining current philosophical questions regarding religion, law and politics.

His 2015 book, Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics and the Reasonableness of Faith, (Cambridge University Press), was the winner of the prestigious American Academy of Religion's 2016 Book Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the category of Constructive-Reflective Studies.

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