With the recent controversy concerning the Row v. Wade case, The Gospel Coalition has released an online debate that deals with the issue of the sanctity of life. The Pro-Life Movement is the third in a five-part the Good Faith Debates. This video series features prominent Christian thinkers discussing some of the most divisive issues facing the church today. Scott Klusendorf and Karen Swallow Prior engage in a thoughtful debate concerning the issue of life and abortion.
Sometimes pro-life activitsts are criticized for only caring about vulnerable life in the womb, but caring little about vulnerable lives outside the womb. Is this a fair critique, and are there ways the pro-life movement should be more expansive in its efforts to celebrate the sanctity of life? For Christians, do the theological and moral foundations of the pro-life argument (e.g. imago Dei) call us to align with other causes (e.g. fighting racism and social injustice, climate change, and so on) that might break rank with political coalitions typically aligned with pro-life policy? Or is there an argument to be made that a narrowly focused pro-life movement is essential and that expanding focus can be counterproductive?
These and related questions are addressed in this debate between Scott Klusendorf and Karen Swallow Prior. Klusendorf and Swallow Prior share their respective arguments and engage in a discussion moderated by Jim Davis, teaching pastor at Orlando Grace Church.
To watch the debate, click HERE.
Scott Klusendorf is president of Life Training Institute and author of the book The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture. He travels frequently in the United States and Canada, training pro-life advocates to persuasively defend their views in the public square.
Karen Swallow Prior is research professor of English and Christianity and culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has been a long-time pro-life activist. She is the author of several books, including On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life in Great Books.