Abortion and murder/capital punishment are instances in which there is a sequence of events that result in life-taking. The act of murder denies the sanctity of life of someone else. Abortion and capital punishment also deny the sanctity of the lives of others. The intimacy of life-taking is not typically acknowledged or remains hidden. This makes it difficult to assess the consequences for victims, survivors, and the political community as a whole. As a result, there is only a tenuous link between public actions that question the sanctity of human life and the moral compass professed by the American democracy.
The volume presumes a theocentric foundation envisioned by the American Founders. It explores the model's first source of truth, biblical scripture, as it applies to the public actions of murder, abortion, and capital punishment. Then it investigates the intimate reality of these acts. These realities are examined in a variety of settings, resulting in a mosaic pattern of public action about capital punishment and abortion. Slack underscores the importance of government's role of providing outward justice, as well as the citizen's responsibility to be supportive of government tasks in order to reconcile the reality of life-taking with the moral compass professed in the American political community.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
James D. Slack is a professor in the Robertson School of Government at Regent University. He is the author of two editions of HIV/AIDS and the Public Workplace. Much of his thinking and research focuses on theocentric phenomenology as it applies to the American political community and the American public service.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Preface 1 Morality, Choice, and America 2 The Word of God and Other Reasoning 3 The Real of Abortion 4 The Real of Sustaining Life: Abortion Alternatives 5 The Real of Murder and Capital Punishment 6 The Real of Misery Shared: Prison without Parole 7 Outward Justice and Imago Dei Bibliography Index