What is abortion? A convenience to society? A legal offense? Murder? We are not the first to face these questions. Abortion was a common practice 2,000 years ago. The young Christian church, growing up in influential centers of Greco-Roman culture, could not ignore the practice. How would church leaders define abortion? Michael J. Gorman examines Christian documents in their Greco-Roman context, concluding that Christians held a consistent position throughout the church’s first 400 years.
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Check out more on this subject from Gorman with Holy Abortion? A Theological Critique of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
Michael J. Gorman holds the Raymond E. Brown Chair in Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland. A highly regarded New Testament scholar, he is the author of Reading Paul, Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers, and Cruciformity: Paul’s Narrative Spirituality of the Cross.