Posts Tagged ‘worldviews’
At First Things, Joe Carter writes (emphasis in original):
Those of us in the pro-life movement often claim that we live in a “culture of death.” But most of us don’t believe it. Not really. We may use the phrase as a rhetorical tool, but deep in our hearts we think that our family, friends, and neighbors wouldn’t knowingly kill another human being.
We convince ourselves that they simply don’t realize what they’re doing. If only they could see—and honestly look at—the ultrasound pictures of an unborn child. If only we could convince them that what they consider a “clump of cells” is a person. If only they knew it was a human life they were destroying. If they only knew, they wouldn’t—they couldn’t—continue to support abortion.
But they do know. And the abortions continue. Not because we live in a culture of death but because we live in a culture of me.
He notes that active euthanasia – actual hastening of death – has become more common in medical facilities than many people realize – until they have a loved one in need of care.
The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network is also a good place to turn for information, and help.
In Canada, there’s the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.
Hawaii Right to Life has been working hard to fight euthanasia and assisted suicide.
OK, there are groups and individuals all over who are trying to fight this, but it’s something of an uphill battle, because all too many medical schools adopted a ‘quality of life’ mindset years back, and tossed out the Hippocratic Oath at the same time. Some med schools use a modified oath (which suggests that killing a patient should never be undertaken lightly, but it’s OK if you’re humble about it), and others don’t even go as far as that. (See here for more on the different oaths, and a discussion related to it.) So, we’re pretty much left with a lottery based on the individual consciences of the medical staff we happen to get, pushed or pulled by ethics committees and facility policies, when we go for care. And since so many people these days, including those operating health care facilities and nursing homes, think in terms of moral relativity or situational ethics, this can make it very dangerous to be at their (misguided) mercy.
Feel free to list other resources in the comments.
Ladies, this is a great post on the value of human life and the sanity and power of Christian love: Teaching Grace, by Tim Muldoon (Patheos, March 22, 2011).
Muldoon uses the occasion of his daughter Grace’s attendance at a memorial mass of a premature baby to explore the topics of love and Christianity.
…was actually the headline over a column in the New York Times yesterday. No, really. They dared print something that states that social conservatives might, after all, not be completely wrong about a contentious issue. Columnist Ross Douthat works off of a ‘results’ premise – i.e., the Sexual Revolution has resulted in unhappier women, etc. – so the column is still largely in moral relativity land, but, hey, it acknowledges some key facts about the inherent miseries of promiscuity. That’s progress.
I’m going to steer you there through the article that brought it to my attention, because I think it’s a good place to start: Cynicism, Vain Hopes, and Realistic Optimism about Pre-Marital Sex, by Julie Ponzi.
Both posts stress making a distinction between sex that is truly pre-marital (a man and woman on a path to marriage) and sex that is divorced from any idea of marriage. From a Christian perspective, that misses a crucial point or two, but, again, to notice that there is a difference between falling to temptation within the context of commitment, and just having sex to be having sex, well, this, too, is helpful.
While we’re on the subject, I’d like to recommend a book I just read, called Holy Subversion: Allegiance to Christ in an Age of Rivals, by Trevin Wax. The chapter on sexuality I think has some really good ideas and information, and includes a clear call for church communities to be promoting chastity. Wax makes a clear distinction between abstinence and chastity, and even argues that all too many abstinence programs contribute to a warped view of sex by keeping the focus self-centered. (If teens are avoiding sex because of the dangers of sex outside of marriage, they are still thinking of sex only in terms of their own well-being, which isn’t getting them set up for good relationships.) Chastity, on the other hand, embraces a number of positives. Wax also asks that Christians and churches do more to publicly celebrate married love. One small way, for instance, would be to celebrate those couples in the congregation with decades-long marriages. It’s a thought.
Karen Edmisten has a series called When I Was a Pro-Choice Atheist. She’s up to Part 5. Much of it has to do with how often we don’t communicate well with people who don’t agree with us.
She also brings up a point that’s easy to forget. Conversion comes slowly for most people.
(Eric Sammons makes a similar point, in the Results section of How to plant seeds of faith with strangers. Expecting instant results is a mistake. Sometimes it happens, but not often.)
Thoughts on abortion, and worldview, in the wake of the Gosnell abortion clinic murder charges: The Silence That Keeps Me Awake, Truth Observed, January 20,2011, Del Tackett.
Jill Stanek provides a peek into the world of radical abortion culture, and one woman’s journey out of it.
I suspect many of you will understand and appreciate this part of the story:
Abigail continued some of her destructive habits until last year when her oldest son was diagnosed with autism. She began conducting online research for help, but got nowhere with the atheist groups. “Their overwhelming response was, ‘I’m sorry you weren’t able to find out and abort him in time.'”
The thought of not having her son, difficult though his condition sometimes is, was unthinkable. “I realized I was a good mother, a loving mother and, most importantly, now, without question, a pro-life mother,” she said.
Abigail began to research Christianity, which “somehow didn’t seem as hostile and threatening now. In fact, it seemed like just what I needed.”
Never underestimate the power of real love.
hat tip: Oregon Right to Life (Facebook page)