How the Bible Began Saying Life Begins at Conception

Huffiington Post: Evangelical anti-abortion advocacy rests on a surprisingly flimsy foundation. And exposing that fact makes establishment evangelical leaders nervous.

On Nov. 7, Christianity Today published a feature-length article on the front page of its website that was its second such article responding to an op-ed I wrote for CNN.

In the op-ed, titled “When evangelicals were pro-choice,” I argued that evangelicals widely embraced liberal positions on abortion in the decade before the emergence of the evangelical right.

In his first response, Mark Galli, senior managing editor at Christianity Today, called this a “fake history.” By the time of his second response, he had learned that this wasn’t a fake history after all: “[L]et me admit that Dudley did catch me committing hyperbole. … Evangelicals were in fact divided, and many if not most of our leaders were formally ‘pro-choice’ in the 1960s and 1970s.”

But Galli went on to insist that politics played a relatively small role in shaping lay evangelical views about the biblical position on abortion.

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