What the Bible Says about Abortion, Euthanasia, and End-of-Life Medical Decisions

By Wayne Grudem

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What the Bible Says about Abortion, Euthanasia, and End-of-Life Medical Decisions

By Wayne Grudem

... Show All

Abortion and euthanasia are hot-button issues in our world today, accompanied by many differing views, deeply held convictions, and personal experiences related to privacy, sexual behavior, personal desires and responsibility, pregnancy, and children—but deeper than all these is the nature of human life itself. In this timely book, adapted from his larger work Christian Ethics, Wayne Grudem argues that human life is rooted in God’s image, and it is therefore morally wrong to put an innocent human to death, whether at the beginning or end of life. He offers a biblical guide to these topics, defining his terms clearly, exploring science and politics, and weighing opposing arguments—answering questions about the protection of an unborn child, abortion in the case of rape or danger to the mother’s life, and when to stop medical treatment at the end of someone’s life. This short book will help all who seek to understand what the Bible teaches about these important issues that deal with human life.

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Wayne Grudem

Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge) is Distinguished Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary. He is a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and the author of over twenty-five books.


Product Details

Title: What the Bible Says about Abortion, Euthanasia, and End-of-Life Medical Decisions
Published: April 28, 2020
ISBN-10: 1-4335-6830-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-6830-5
Category: Theology
Christian Living
Culture & Social Issues
Retail Price: $7.99
Binding: Paperback
Trim: 5.0 in x 7.0 in
Page Count: 96

Table of Contents


Part 1: Abortion

  1. Biblical Evidence for the Personhood of an Unborn Child
  2. Scientific Evidence for the Personhood of the Unborn Child
  3. Other Arguments against Abortion
  4. Countering Arguments for Abortion
  5. What Laws Should Governments Enact Regarding Abortion?
  6. Objections to Laws Restricting Abortion
  7. The Importance of This Issue

Part 2: Euthanasia

  1. Biblical Teaching
  2. The Crucial Difference between Killing and Letting Die
  3. Arguments against Euthanasia from Reason and Evidence apart from the Bible
  4. Objections
  5. Recent Legal Trends
  6. The Importance of This Issue

Appendix: Artificially-Administered Nutrition and Hydration
Questions for Personal Application
Special Terms
Scripture Memory Passages
General Index
Scripture Index


“If you want to understand what the Bible teaches and what Christians think about these vital matters of life and death, this book is for you!”
John F. Kilner, Professor Emeritus of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Wayne Grudem has faithfully offered a biblical-theological groundwork for making some of the most difficult decisions at the edges of life—its beginning and end. How does one who is committed to the sanctity of every human life approach questions about abortion, euthanasia, and other end-of-life issues? Digest this book to find out.”
C. Ben Mitchell, Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University