What Becomes You by Anne Barbeau Gardiner

What Becomes You

The Soul of the Embryo:
An Enquiry into the Status of the Human Embryo in the Christian Tradition
by David Albert Jones
Continuum, 2004
(270 pages, $23.95, paperback)

reviewed by Anne Barbeau Gardiner

Christian tradition on abortion is misrepresented today, sometimes with invented facts. Some scholars, for example, claim that the early Christians opposed abortion because they feared that infants who died without baptism would go to hell. But according to David Albert Jones, no Christian text in the first millennium connects abortion to infant baptism.

Other, more effective misrepresentations give the facts a meaning they do not bear. Some scho . . .