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A Biblically Rooted Ethic of Life
A Feature Review of

The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision Is Key to the World’s Future.
David Gushee. 

Hardback: Eerdmans, 2013. 
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Reviewed by Bob Cornwall.

(This review originally appeared on the reviewer’s blog, and is re-published here with permission.)

What does it mean to call human life sacred?  Is it just a word or does it have implications?  If you turn on the news, it would appear that life is anything but sacred.  Every day people are assaulted, killed, raped, maimed, and degraded.  Humans are enslaved and trafficked.  They’re forced to work and live in horrid conditions.  So, is human life really sacred?

 

If we were to take seriously the message delivered by David Gushee in his new book The Sacredness of Life, then things would be different.  The message is pretty simple – because God has pronounced life to be sacred, then we should treat each other with a respect and a love that is fitting someone or something that is consecrated by God.
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