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The First Social-Justice Struggle

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 12, 2022 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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The early Church initiated many struggles for the cause of social justice: opposition to slavery, capital punishment, and other institutions of pagan society. But the condemnation of abortion was singular in its consistency and vehemence, from the very beginning of the Gospel proclamation.


The Church’s original social justice struggle

Abortion and the Early Church: Christian, Jewish and Pagan Attitudes in the Greco-Roman World by Michael J. Gorman

Eve’s Herbs: A History of Contraception and Abortion in the West
by John M. Riddle

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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