Monday, November 03, 2008
Does abortion end a life -- or prevent one?
Read it all, by Celia Chazelle, on Theolog, the blog of The Christian Century.
In one corner, the living Pope "tells me what tradition weights." And those who hide behind the skirt of the Roman Catholic church.
In the other corner, the heritage of agrarian, anti-intellectual American protestantism that tends often to skip completely over all christian history back to the Bible. And what they read there is not there but exists in them earlier than the text and completely unconscious. And that is modern science. Such people are moved with tremendous sentimentality of ultra-modern pictures within the living womb of the living embryo and fetus. Who can blame them? The pictures and video are extremely moving. Moving in similar ways to the Great Awakening and Second Great Awakening, Azusa street, etc. But always after such an awakening, the business of faith seeking understanding carries the rest of days which are challenging, sometimes dull, sometimes exciting, with a few punctuated moments of awakening.
But these folks, with the marvels of in vitro pictures and videos in their minds eye, then read the Bible and see in ancient passages a writer who did not even know gravity but knows in vitro embryonic development and laid down a testament of the sacredness of zygotic and embryonic life.
Neither are interested in respecting the tradition of using God's gift of minds in faith seeking understanding.
Sorry any rationale conversation about abortion seems to bring out the kooks. Just thought I get this in early.