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Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. (John 12:24-25) This Scripture is one that Paul Hill considered to be a word from God that applied directly to his life and actions. He believed that God's will for him was that he act forcefully on behalf of the Unborn, even at cost of his own life. Charged with killing two men, he often repeated the passage as he struggled through what was to be the most stressful time in his life. It was comfort and strength supplied to him by a loving Father who had asked what many still consider to be the unthinkable of His son. It was a promise that God would use him even in death to reconcile a great wrong. Paul Hill challenges our views of justice. He was a devoted husband and father who chose separation from all whom he loved to try and take care of a stranger's child. To defend himself at trial would have meant placing the barbarity of abortion before a jury. The court refused to allow that, leaving Hill with no defense, and so he remained silent. By order from the State of Florida, on September 3, 2003, Paul Jennings Hill died by lethal injection. This book contains the autobiography of Paul Hill. In addition, by his choice, it contains a number of responses by theologians and lawyers, many of whom he knew would disagree with his actions. For Hill, the point was not to provide a consensus but to challenge the Church to a greater depth of thought and restorative action on behalf of the thousands of Unborn babies who are, each day, killed by an abortionist.
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What makes the situation difficult in determining whether a principle of justifiable use of force applies to the situation with Paul Hill...is that we cannot, in the end, know [his heart]. The next best thing is that we must believe [his] words. --Paul deParrie, Author
Everyone has to have a pope, a visible, authoritative interpreter of faith and morals. Either we have one or we have billions. Ultimately, Hill was his own pope. But what makes his judgment any more tenable than the judgments of the Southern Baptist Convention and others who have criticized his acts? --Charles Rice, Professor of Law
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