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The sacredness of human life : why an ancient Biblical vision is key to the world's future

Author: David P Gushee
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., ©2013.
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A comprehensive examination of the sacredness of human life, encompassing biblical roots, theological elaborations, historical cases, and contemporary ethical perspectives. 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.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David P Gushee
ISBN: 9780802844200 0802844200
OCLC Number: 805045956
Description: xvi, 461 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
What it means to say that human life is sacred --
The Old Testament and the sacredness of human life --
Jesus Christ, the New Testament, and the sacredness of human life --
The sacredness of life in early Christianity --
The fateful transition to Christendom --
Christendom divided against itself: three case studies --
Enlightenment transitions: natural rights, rule of law, and human dignity --
Nietzsche rejects the Christian God and Christian morality --
Desecrations: twentieth-century Nazi assaults on human life --
Honoring human life: twenty-first-century challenges --
The sacredness of God's creation --
Final words: For the church and its neighbors.
Responsibility: David P. Gushee.

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A comprehensive examination of the sacredness of human life, encompassing biblical roots, theological elaborations, historical cases, and contemporary ethical perspectives. 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.

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"Theological Book Review" Delves deeply into the core of Christianity's treatment of human life as revealed in Scripture and in ancient Christian writings. "Choice" (American Library Association) The Read more...

 
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