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Thinking About Abortion

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Dr Chris Richards and Ben and Valentina Cadoux-Hudson

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Dr Chris Richards and Ben and Valentina Cadoux-Hudson

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Abortion is one of those words that can send Christians scurrying for cover. We can be reluctant to engage with the topic because we feel unqualified and underprepared. We may hear the clamour of voices on the news, and wonder what the Bible says about when life begins. We may come with our arguments at the ready, but struggle to respond to real life ethical dilemmas. Even if we feel like we have a good grasp of what culture and the Bible have to say, we may feel out of our depth applying a biblical perspective to such a sensitive subject.

Thinking about Abortion encourages us to carefully reflect on the topic of abortion as a whole and consider how Christians should approach this issue in a divided world. With wisdom and sensitivity, the authors help us to engage thoughtfully with our society, listen obediently to what the Bible has to say, and apply God’s unchanging Word to our ever-changing culture.

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“Many today claim that unlimited access to abortion is a human right. But Christians affirm the dignity of every human life, for each has been created in God’s image. When Jesus Christ became incarnate, his human life began as a single cell at conception. So God, the Giver of life, commands that human life should be protected all the way from conception through to natural death. Abortion not only takes unborn human life, it is deeply damaging for the women involved. This book clearly and compassionately outlines how we should respond to this great moral issue of our time.”

Sharon James, author; Social Policy Analyst, The Christian Institute. 

“With courage and compassion, and from lived experience, the authors are inviting us to think about the difference between being anti-abortion and pro-life, and between being nominally pro-life but situationally pro-choice. In the context of faith and culture, we see that the timeless challenge remains, the primacy of autonomy/self-rule or submission to Christ’s rule. It is past time for this book and, because both lives matter, I am so grateful for it!”

Dawn McAvoy, Co-founder, Both Lives Matter.

“Sometimes Christian books on ethical issues can clarify our theology but fail in helping us connect to an ever-changing culture. This short and excellent book achieves both. It is sensitively written and includes much practical advice to help us respond to the tragedy of abortion.”

Jon Teasdale, Associate Vicar, St John’s Hartford.

“There is a huge gulf between how seriously God takes abortion, and how seriously UK evangelicals today take abortion. I am grateful for this book because I believe it could really help to close that gap. An earnest exploration of God's heart on the issue.”

Dave Brennan, Head, Brephos Project; Director, Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform UK.

“Many of us are uninformed about abortion and uncertain about how to respond in a culture that has made us used to it. This book will clarify your convictions, deepen your concern for the unborn, inform your care of those affected by abortion, and spur you to contend for change in our society.”

Ian Garrett, Senior Assistant Minister, Jesmond Parish Church.

Dr Chris Richards

Dr Chris Richards

Dr Chris Richards is a consultant pediatrician. Since its establishment in 2008 he has directed the Tyneside Pregnancy Advice Centre, which provides an ultrasound–supported advice service to woman in crisis pregnancy in Newcastle upon Tyne. He is an elder of All Saints Presbyterian Church. He is also director of Lovewise, which provides and presents material for young people on the subject of marriage and sexual purity from a Christian perspective. He is author of a number of books including Growing up God’s Way and True Love. He is married to Alison and they have seven children.

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Ben and Valentina Cadoux-Hudson

Ben and Valentina Cadoux-Hudson

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Thinking About Abortion

This book provides excellent guidance to how we should think and act in the context of prevalent abortion. It wisely, in two brief chapters, contrasts how the world views ethics and the revolutionary thinking that is Christian ethics. Whilst the situation is grievous, the authors are compassionate in their words. I highly commend this book.

DJM

Thinking About Abortion

Clear writing with no waffle; easily understood while covering important issues; comprehensive look at every area related to abortion; challenging the reader in our response; rooted in Scripture; unambiguous stance on big moral questions; although it gives a theoretical approach there are many applications with personal testimonies; this book should be read by adults of all ages young and old; written with compassion and mindful of God’s grace; good comparison to the abolition of slavery; I particularly liked the vision for what can be achieved – we need courage and patience, enthusiasm and wisdom, zeal and prudence as T Watson said ‘zeal without prudence is rashness, prudence without zeal is cowardice.

Jason Abdelnoor

Thinking About Abortion

Ben and Valentina Cadoux–Hudson and Dr Chris Richards have delivered a convicting wake–up call on a somewhat neglected issue: abortion Perhaps we don’t think about it much – out of sight, out of mind, or we see the seeming cliff face of public opinion supporting it and decide that focusing on evangelism is a higher priority. Whatever your situation, this book will help you to approach abortion biblically. There is no compromise, but the issue is tackled with grace – all of us need the Gospel as we are all complicit in abortion to a greater or lesser extent, and there is forgiveness for those who have had abortions. Personal stories are included to help us realise that this issue is not academic – real people are impacted by it. We start with first principles: deciding between right and wrong. The world asks what is right for me in my situation – a Christian must look to God’s word. After showing the high statistical prevalence of abortion, the authors show us why it is rebellion against God. In particular, human personhood begins at conception; God has the right to determine human life, and all people are made in his image. The authors call the church to speak God’s truth about the issue and give practical suggestions for actions that individuals and churches can take in the community (caring for women) and in the culture (political and legal action). Other resources are helpfully reviewed at the end. Anyone who has the opportunity to counsel potential mothers and fathers would benefit from reading this book in advance of the issue arising – a thought–out position is less likely to collapse into pragmatism. Christian health professionals and politicians will find the book helpful. Concerned Christian citizens will be guided as to where to start. God is in control, but he delights to use us.

Stephen Ayre

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