Abortion has become a highly polarised and toxic issue in our society. It seems as though those who argue for and against abortion lob verbal grenades at one another, without any kind of genuine dialogue or understanding. Very often there is no real engagement, or meeting of minds. But I believe that when we try to enter this battleground, our Christian task is first to listen and to understand, to empathise. Only in this way are we going to be able to speak with integrity, with authenticity and with compassion.
To start exploring this important topic, you can read my short introductions to some of the key themes:
What perspective can we gain on today’s abortion debates from delving into ancient history?
Examining two very different non-Christian thinkers and their views on abortion
When we turn from the complex and painful dilemmas raised by abortion to the world of the Bible, we are struck by the gulf between the biblical world and our own. We cannot lookContinue Reading
To go deeper into some of these issues, please take a look at some of the resources I have uploaded to the website:
The relationship between a pregnant mother considering a termination and the doctor should be an expert-expert one
Untangling the Biblical, ethical and theological arguments
The doctor who refuses to fit in with the agreed protocol because they have a conscientious objection is seen as problematic
It’s not obvious how much society should accommodate medical professionals who have moral objections to certain procedures
Discovering your unborn child has a serious medical condition is one of the worst fears for any parent
What does the revolution in care for premature babies mean for the debate over abortion?
There is also plenty of more material on abortion in my book Matters of Life and Death, in particular chapter six.