Books About the Consistent Life Ethic
Several authors discuss the consistent life ethic; here’s the Table of Contents: Connected Violence Introduction: The Power of Being Consistent / Rachel MacNair 1. Word Games Take Lives / William Brennan 2. The Left has Betrayed the Sanctity of Life: Consistency Demands Concern for the Unborn / Mary Meehan 3. The Indivisibility of Life and The Slippery Slope / Nat Hentoff 4. Israel/Palestine and Abortion / Stephen Zunes 5. Understanding How Killing Traumatizes the Killer / Rachel M. MacNair 6. Abortion and the Feminization of Poverty / Thomas Strahan 7. The Direct Killing of Racism and Poverty / excerpts from various sources 8. When Bigotry Turns Disabilities Deadly / excerpts from various sources 9. Right to Life of Humans and Animals / Vasu Murti 10. Does the Seamless Garment Fit? American Public Opinion / Edith Bogue 11. Perceptions of Connections / Rachel MacNair Connected Solutions 12. Activists Reminisce: An Oral History of Prolifers for Survival / Taped interview. 13. Activism Throughout the Centuries / Mary Krane Derr 14. Changing Hearts and Minds / Mary Meehan 15. The Law’s Role in the Consistent Life Ethic / Carol Crossed 16. Pro-Life Politics: From Counter-Movement to Transforming Movement / James R. Kelly 17. Connecting the Dots – Nonviolently / Michael Nagler 18. People Power and Regime Change: How Nonviolence Spreads Democracy / Stephen Zunes 19. Conflict Transformation: Dissolving "Battle Lines" / Rachel MacNair
This is a multiple-perspectives book. It offers what psychology studies show, and then considers explanations from both the pro-life and pro-choice point of view – a peace-studies approach of being familiar with different ways of seeing things. It’s a book that has been well received by people who want to see their own viewpoint as well as others, and not something limited to a pro-life view. Part 1. The Psychology of Violence against Women: Where Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Conclusions are Almost Indistinguishable (intimate partner violence; coercion or pressure; sexual trafficking and rape; war; and "gendercide" in sex-selection abortions) Part 2. Post-abortion Aftermath (methodology; risk factors; therapy; pro and con on what the aftermath for women is; lost fatherhood; abortion doctors and staff) Part 3. Other Contentious Topics (child abuse; perspectives on specific populations including people with disabilities, racial minorities, people in developing countries, LBGT people, and conscientious objectors; and empirical data on impact of legal regulations) Part 4. The Constructive Program (pregnancy prevention; meeting the needs of pregnant women, new mothers, children and families; transforming the debate over abortion)
Mennonite author Rob Arner says “every author that I encountered from before Constantine seemed to denounce human bloodshed in a variety of contexts, from abortion, to killing in war, and everything in between, espousing and living what may be termed a consistently pro-life ethic. This project is my attempt to comprehensively flesh out this thesis.” The book thoroughly documents how across-the-board opposition to violence was in early Christianity.
The publisher explains, “Noted theologian Ron Sider lets the testimony of the early church speak in the first of a three-volume series on biblical peacemaking. This volume offers a thorough, comprehensive treatment on topics of perennial concern--war, abortion, and capital punishment--providing English translations for all extant data directly relevant to the treatment of these issues by the early church until Constantine.”
This volume collects all thirty-five of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin's addresses and writings on his theme of the seamless garment, from his first speech at Fordham University in 1983 until his last address at Georgetown University in 1996.
Ten ethicists turn their attention to the legacy of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin's Consistent Ethic of Life in the twelve years since he died in 1996.
The historical anti-abortion and otherwise consistently pro-life writings of our feminist foremothers are covered in Part One; contemporary voices are heard in Part Two.
Do doctors and nurses experience trauma from doing abortions? What does the psychology of consistency have to say about abortion behavior? The principles of peace psychology are applied to abortion practice and the dynamics what’s happening with the current U.S. decline.
This is a classic in understanding the depth of the consistent life ethic. Brennan shows how the language used against vulnerable groups has common points – describing them as non-human, animals, parasites, diseases, garbage, and so forth. He then applies this systematically to different targeted groups: women, unborn children, ethnic and racial minorities, political opponents and enemies in war.
Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress (PITS) is the form of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms caused not by being a victim or rescuer in trauma, but by being an active participant in causing trauma. Sufferers of PITS may be in the roles of soldiers, executioners, or abortion doctors and nurses, where it is socially acceptable or even expected to kill. Scattered evidence of PITS is consolidated, its implications are explored, and exciting potentials for future research are suggested. The idea of applying the post-trauma symptoms to those who kill is obvious to most peace activists, but has been something of a blind spot in the scholarship on trauma. The idea of applying it across different groups of those who kill, finding common themes, is obvious to activists on the consistent life ethic.
From the publisher’s blurb: “Tracing the concept of the sacredness of human life from Scripture through church history to the present day, David Gushee argues that viewing human life as sacred is one of the most precious legacies of biblical faith — albeit one that the church has too often failed to uphold. Besides providing a masterful historical survey, Gushee's discussion covers the many current ethical challenges and perspectives that will impact the survival and flourishing of human life, including biotechnology, the death penalty, abortion, human rights, nuclear weapons, just war theory, women's rights, and creation care.”
Starting with the connection of pro-life views and compassion to animals, showing the connections with various issues of violence, and with a final chapter entitled “The Consistent Life Ethic,” Charles Camosy makes the case for vegetarianism and other forms of compassion to animals from the viewpoint of the Christian tradition.