How Evangelicals Became Pro-Life

American evangelicals weren’t always pro-life? They should have read more history. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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In a recent Washington Post editorial, theologian Albert Mohler offers a sobering reminder that many evangelical tried to defend and excuse abortion during the 1970s.  It was Catholics, who had already established a robust pro-life tradition and political movement, who eventually helped change evangelical hearts and minds, and convinced them of the evil of abortion.

Mohler adds that evangelical leaders like Francis Schaeffer also played a role in turning the tide, but what he doesn’t mention is that historically, our evangelical forbears condemned it – from the early church father’s 2nd Centry teaching found in the Didache to the Reformers like Martin Luther, John Calvin and Martin Bucer.

Therefore evangelicals in the latter 20th century who didn’t condemn abortion were out of step with the historical Christian teaching on it. And, the pro-life stance isn’t a recent political innovation either. It’s as old as the church itself. For, I’m John Stonestreet.

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Further Reading

Roe v. Wade Anniversary: How Abortion Became an Evangelical Issue
R. Albert Mohler | The Washington Post | January 22, 2013

Abortion and the Reformation
Evangelicals for Life

Abortion in Christian History