This volume intends to reconcile the truth found in the world with the truth found in Scripture, by studying the intimate consequences of murder, abortion, and capital punishment. Using methodology of direct observation and qualitative open-ended conversations, Dr. Slack interviewed eighty-one people about abortion and its alternatives, the death penalty and its alternatives, and justice in society. This second edition is completely revised, placing greater emphasis on the thoughts of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and includes a new chapter on post-abortion restoration.
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Family restoration requires an objective perspective on abortion that protects family members. Abortion, Execution, and the Consequences of Taking Life, by James D. Slack, seeks to ground public policy and administration firmly in morality, the rule of law, and the restoration of the family.