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Abortion Politics, Public Reason, and the True Humanism (re-dated)
December 3, 2008, 12:41 am
Filed under: Christian Doctrine, Culture, Philosophy

I agree with this quote, as taken from this (the latest ECT Statement). Check it out.


…There is no more inescapably public and political question than who belongs to the polis of which we are part. The contention over abortion, for instance, is not about when human life begins. That is a biological and medical question about which there is no reasonable dispute. The moral and political dispute is over which human beings, at whatever state of development or decline, possess rights that we are bound to respect. The question is this: Who belongs to the community for which we accept public responsibility?

And this too:

..we contend that the public policies pertinent to the defense of the humanum are supported by reasons that are accessible to all and should be convincing to all. The term “humanism” is frequently employed in opposition to Christian faith, as in the phrase “secular humanism.” We propose a deeper and richer humanism that is firmly grounded in the bedrock of scriptural truth, that is elaborated in the history of Christian thought, that is in accord with clear reason, that honors the best in our civilization’s tradition, and that holds the promise of a future more worthy of the dignity of the human person who is the object of God’s infinite love and care. This more authentic humanism is in no way alien to Christianity. There is in world history no teaching more radically humanistic than the claim that God became a human being in order that human beings might participate in the life of God, now and forever.

This is classic Neuhaus.


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Hey Ed,

I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit lately (i have no idea why). I agree with the quote on abortion quite a bit. Choicers will say a woman has the right to do what she wants TO HER OWN BODY. I would say ABSOLUTELY, until she starts making decisions for someone elses body. The quote puts it nicely though.

How are you anyway?

Comment by Andrew

“Bob Dylan (electric period and onward)”

you don’t like bob dylan’s acoustic stuff? You sir, are a nazi.

Comment by Dougie

Well, I like “Hard Rain” alot. And the album “Bringing it All Back Home” is probably my all around favourite albumn, and its the one with Tamborine Man and It Ain’t Me Babe.

I like the acoustic stuff too I guess.

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