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Pro-life Advocate Scott Klusendorf Explains the Pro-life Argument and Why It Matters

Pro-life Christians, take heart: the pro-life message can compete in the marketplace of ideas if Christians properly understand and articulate that message. In light of the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, too many Christians do not understand the essential truths of the pro-life position, making it difficult for them to articulate a biblical worldview on issues like abortion, cloning, and embryo research.

This second edition of The Case for Life, now with a substantial amount of additional and updated content, provides intellectual grounding for the pro-life convictions that most evangelicals hold. The debate turns on one key question: What is the unborn? In this timely book, author Scott Klusendorf teaches readers what the role of the pro-life Christian should be and how to lovingly and winsomely engage in questions and objections.


Scott Klusendorf (MA, Biola University) is the president of Life Training Institute, where he trains pro-life advocates to persuasively defend their views. A passionate and engaging platform speaker, Scott's pro-life presentations have been featured by Focus on the Family, Truths That Transform, and American Family Radio.


With the United States Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling, we need Scott Klusendorf’s resource more than ever. He answers the question, Who are the unborn? with clear-minded thinking and carefully crafted arguments. Pro-life laypeople and lawmakers alike must come to the street corner or statehouse equipped to speak in defense of their unborn brothers and sisters. Klusendorf keeps the reader’s eye and heart fixed on the center of the pro-life position: the child in the womb.” -Todd Wilken, Host, Issues, Etc.

“Way too many people today are silent on abortion—not because they don’t care, but because they do not know how to make the case for life that they hold dear in their hearts. Scott Klusendorf does an amazing job equipping us to engage a culture of death toward a culture of life. The days of being silent about the truth that we know biblically and scientifically should not cause us to take a back seat anymore. We cannot use the excuse that we did not know.” -Valerie Millsapps, CEO, Pregnancy Resource Center

“For years I’ve trusted Scott Klusendorf and his team to teach the pro-life argument to every single student who attends a Summit Ministries course. The reason is simply stated in the logical syllogism Klusendorf shares: ‘It is always wrong to intentionally kill an innocent human being. Abortion intentionally kills an innocent human being. Therefore, abortion is morally wrong.’ Every human being has value. Clear thinking about this opens the way to clear thinking about everything else. The Case for Life encapsulates decades of wisdom from Klusendorf’s frontline defense of the pro-life cause. It is at the same time encyclopedic and fascinating, bringing the science, philosophy, and theology within reach through powerful illustrations and practical ‘how-to’ ideas for sharing the truth even with die-hard skeptics. This will be my go-to pro-life book from this point forward.” -Jeff Myers, President, Summit Ministries

“No one has had a greater impact teaching me the skills of defending the precious lives of unborn children than Scott Klusendorf. He is simply a master of his craft. If you want a single tutorial giving you everything you need to help make a mother’s womb the safest place for a child to be instead of the most dangerous place, read The Case for Life.” -Gregory Koukl, President, Stand to Reason; author, Tactics and The Story of Reality

“The first edition of The Case for Life is the single greatest pro-life apologetics book available from an evangelical author. I use it in my classes and strongly endorse it. It’s accessible in how it reads, comprehensive in its argument, and intellectually satisfying in making a definitive case for protecting human life at all stages. Klusendorf is to be commended for making high-level bioethical issues simple and grounding his argument in the complementary sources of Scripture and natural law. With Roe now in the ash heap of history, it was time for The Case for Life to be expanded and updated. Here it is.” -Andrew T. Walker, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Fellow, The Ethics and Public Policy Center

The Case for Life was the best pro-life apologetics resource on my shelf, and Scott Klusendorf has achieved something I didn’t think was possible—he’s made it better! His voluminous understanding of the abortion issue, coupled with his clear thinking and apologetical acumen, will equip you to answer every pro-abortion argument that the other side offers. This is an essential resource for anyone who engages others on the life issue. Whether you’re new to pro-life apologetics or a seasoned veteran in the field, you will benefit from this book.” -Jim Osman, Pastor, Kootenai Community Church, Kootenai, Idaho

“The recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has created an unparalleled moment and a critical juncture in the battle for life. A growing army of pro-life apologists needs clear and honest resources to help them engage in wise, sensitive, and reasoned conversations with their friends, family, coworkers, and classmates. For decades Scott Klusendorf’s tireless efforts, and the resources he has developed, have been the gold standard for educating and equipping people to better understand and communicate the reasonableness of the pro-life position. As a pastor, I’ve recommended The Case for Life to countless people because this book really has made the pro-life argument accessible, compelling, and shareable! In my humble opinion, there is no better book on the pro-life cause than The Case for Life.” -Michael Servello Jr., Pastor, Redeemer Church, Utica, New York

The Case for Life is the handbook every Christian needs for getting equipped with a robust understanding of the pro-life position. It’s clear, accessible, nuanced, and thorough. It’s also desperately needed; Christians can’t afford to not know the case for life in this increasingly confused and hostile culture. I highly recommend it to every Christian who cares about the sanctity of life—which should be every Christian.” -Natasha Crain, speaker; podcaster; author, Faithfully Different