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Abortion, Execution, and the Consequences of Taking Life
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Abortion, Execution, and the Consequences of Taking Life (Hardback)

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This book focuses on the relationship between public morality and personal action in the American political community. It emphasizes the responsibilities of citizens and government to find and confirm truth, looking to specific sources: religious scripture and empirical events. Recognizing that we have a natural preference for distraction and distance from both sources of truth, Slack uses qualitative, open-ended interviews and direct observation, to uncover the intimate consequences of life-taking in open societies. Both abortion and capital punishment are instances in which there is a sequence of events that result in life-taking. The act of murder is a personal decision that denies the sanctity of life of someone else. Abortion and capital punishment also deny the sanctity of the lives of others. But with abortion and capital punishment, the intimate consequences of life-taking are not typically acknowledged or remain hidden. This makes it difficult to assess the consequences for victims, survivors, and the political community as a whole. Taking life becomes an essential link of public actions to the moral compass of 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. Slack underscores the importance of government's role of providing what is seen to be justice, as well as the citizen's responsibility to be supportive of federal obligations to take lives.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesEthical issues & debatesEthical issues: abortion & birth controlPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesEthical issues & debatesEthical issues: capital punishment Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc Publication Date: 30/06/2009 ISBN-13: 9781412810210  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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James D. Slack is a professor in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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