By Rob Arner,J. Jayakiran Sebastian
Rob Arner explores those matters and argues that the planned killing of any person is incompatible with the ethical lifetime of a follower of Jesus. Readers will detect within the witness of the traditional Christian church an instance of the way smooth Christians could continually practice gospel precepts towards questions of the taking of human lifestyles. via a brand new taxonomy that categorizes the traditional Christian witnesses in keeping with person concerns reminiscent of abortion/infanticide, killing in battle, and the bloody Roman "games," Consistently Pro-Life demonstrates that the early church continuously adversarial the killing of human individuals, and means that the self-discipline and ethical readability of the traditional Christians on problems with violence can express us a brand new means ahead in a time of polarizing tradition wars.
"Many have famous that during our 'time among the days' we've a lot to benefit from the ecumenical consensus within the early church. Others have referred to as us to take care of the 'ancient-future' practices of the church for a revitalization of present Christian worship. a few have even reminded us that grace and solid works can't, in keeping with the early church, be separated. besides the fact that, virtually not anyone has reminded us as in actual fact as has Rob Arner, during this compelling and beautifully written booklet, that if we're to be precise to the substance of the lessons of the traditional Church, precise to the Spirit during which it used to be lively, then we needs to get well their dedication to a Consistently Pro-Life theological ethic."
--Mark Thiessen Nation
Eastern Mennonite Seminary
"Consistently Pro-Life offers a well-argued, well-documented case for the view that the early church earlier than Constantine adverse all killing of people. It additionally in actual fact connects the considering the early church with our modern debates approximately abortion, capital punishment, and warfare. simply struggle advocates will item at a few issues, yet Arner offers facts and a thesis that can't be ignored."
--Ronald J. Sider
President, Evangelicals for Social Action
"Rob Arner deals a huge new method of the difficulty of Christian participation in violence via a amazing blend of up to date and historic examine . . . i myself became confident that fans of Christ hand over their sacred birthright after they stroll clear of the novel nonviolence of Christ and his earliest fans. Arner's vitally important ebook may help many achieve an analogous conclusion."
--David P. Gushee
Rob Arner is a PhD candidate in Theology and Christian Ethics on the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and an accessory professor at Chestnut Hill College.
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