A Christian Response to Euthanasia by Dr. This article was originally published in two parts. Both parts are on this page.
Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. It could even be said that abortion is the single issue that gave the U. This is a margin that could have easily pushed swing states in the other direction. However, the phenomena of the vehement anti-abortion vigilance in right-wing Christianity is a relatively new one based on the lack of interest in the topic in early Christian teaching, Biblical texts and Christian culture throughout history.
From a Christian cultural perspective that existed for millennia, in comparison to the views today, there has been an historic shift.
They also call liberals, Democrats, or anyone supporting a Democratic candidate an accessory. As director and founder of Christian Democrats of AmericaI have been called a murderer more times than I can count, as have thousands of our members on social media.
It may be fair to say that it is understandable the abortion issue takes paramount importance in the political sphere with those who hold these beliefs.
If you truly see abortion as a domestic crime; an onslaught of murder like a type of Holocaust, then you have no room for alternate views and are not open to compromise or moderation on the issue. So, one could say this issue, in the minds of millions of Christian voters, is truly more important than healthcare for the poor, than misogyny, xenophobia, vulgarity, our standing in the world, peace, safety of our country, protection of immigrants, or any other issue one would think might be of grave importance to Christian Americans.
But this is what makes it so surprising that literally for millennia, abortion was not The christian attitude towards abortion prioritized issue for Christians.
The well-formulated moral, spiritual and political argument on abortion from the conservative Christian and Catholic view is relatively new in the scheme of things. Likewise, throughout the history of the early church into the middle-ages, there is little to no mention of abortion as a topic of great alarm — from the days of the Old Testament until modern history.
Hence, there is no case to be made for a definitive Christian stance throughout history on the spiritual or moral aspects of abortion.
Arguably, three of the most prominent authorities on Christian doctrine and teachings historically would be the Apostle Paul, St. Augustine in the 5th century and St. Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century, and compared to Christian leaders today, these figures are mostly silent on the topic. Augustine is considered a Christian doctrinal authority in all respects, helping to shape the Christian religion and finer points of doctrine and practices.
His statements and teaching on abortion can be summarized in this quote: Moreover, the brevity of his comment indicates the relatively low level of importance he assigned to this issue compared to others. Thomas Aquinas held a similar view in not calling abortion homicide until around the third trimester.
Not only did the most well-known church theologians not take a strong stance on abortion, but neither do the most strict laws of the Old Testament. According to the Septuagint, if the fetus has not yet assumed complete human shape, the penalty is a monetary fine; but if the fetus is fully formed, the penalty is death.
Thus, in ancient Israel, killing a fetus that was not viable was never considered murder. Likewise, in the New Testament, there is no direct teaching on abortion. Jesus does not address the topic specifically and not one of His parables talks about ending a pregnancy.
Abortion was very prevalent in many of the places Paul visited — we know this from other historical texts, and as he mentions in his letters, these cities were brimming with prostitution and illicit sexual activity.
In fact, Paul never had a problem speaking out on any topic he believed followers of Christ should pay attention to! And Paul was not ambiguous or shy about addressing anything he deemed important for a Christian life.
So, when and why did the shift in mainstream Christianity and the Catholic Church against abortion take place if it had been unprecedented in its controversy throughout history?
There was a gradual shift of resistance towards change and views and laws on contraception, and abortion started changing within that resistance. I will let you decide if this is coincidence or not. In the American Medical Association initiated the biggest change in abortion views ever recorded in history.
With these efforts, the AMA managed to put some of its competitors out of business, restrict the public role of women in bourgeois society, and strengthen the control of conventional male doctors over the field of medicine.
In a very real sense, the medical profession transformed abortion from a moral issue into a medical procedure and imposed the authority of physicians over it.
This major shift came about not as a result of a new Christian doctrine or new book added to the Bible there was no Dead Sea Scroll on abortion found in …but through political efforts by the GOP and conservative groups.Get ready to be triggered.
A former abortionist who turned against killing unborn children has just released a series of videos on YouTube explaining the truth behind abortion. The current "debate" on the legitimacy of euthanasia is a good indicator of the overall moral state of Canadian society.
This debate also illustrates how secularized some Christians have become, blindly adopting anti-Biblical concepts such as the "quality of life" or even the "right to die.". The Christian Left Welcomes You.
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Appendix: Science and Survival.
There are still those who suppose that it is somehow "unscientific" to believe in any form of survival. There is actually no justification for this view, and certainly today not all scientists would endorse it. May 29, · On abortion, persistent divides between – and within – the two parties Today, 57% of Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 40% think it should be illegal in all or most cases, little changed from The Christian View of Abortion.
Editor’s Note: ignore the Bible’s attitude toward the young and innocent, and be ignorant of the history and tradition of the church. God calls each of us to defend the innocent.
Christians should elect leaders who share the Biblical view of abortion, support groups working to make abortion unacceptable.