In this episode, Scott and Aaron talk about how to approach the subject of abortion in every day conversations by asking questions. They also discuss how to look at the subject through the lens of grace, realizing that the unborn are not the only people harmed in the process. This episode is packed full of practical ways Christians can approach a difficult and uncomfortable subject.
In this episode, Scott Klusendorf offers tactics to approach this controversial issue with confidence. He discusses the scientific evidence that proves that life begins at conception and the philosophical views that show that abortion is objectively wrong.
Stories like Linda and Timothy Bannon who were born without arms, Paul Smith who had cerebral palsy and still produced stunning pieces of art, and Joni Eareckson Tada who spend 47 years in a wheelchair reflect one of the clearest truths in all of Scripture: Human beings are created in God’s image, and as such carry equal, inherent value. All life is worth living, for as long as God sustains it.
Richard Dawkins might be the world’s most outspoken evangelist for atheism. Lately, this Oxford biologist and high priest of doubt seems to only open his mouth to change feet. Dawkins has trained his attention on reproductive ethics. Responding to a woman on Twitter who said she’d have trouble deciding whether to abort a baby diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome, Dawkins told her she would be wrong to let the child live.
Hobby Lobby has received a victory from the Supreme Court today in its refusal to provide abortifacient drugs as it was required to do in the ObamaCare law. Summit was pleased to join 23 other ministries, such as Compassion International, Young Life, and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court opposing the contraception mandate under the health care reform law.
Emily Letts documented her surgical abortion in order to diminish the social stigma attached to it and “to show women that there is such a thing as a positive abortion story.” In the video, Letts says, “I don’t feel like a bad person. I don’t feel sad. I feel in awe of the fact that I can make a baby. I can make a life. I knew that what I was going to do was right – it was right for me and for no one else.”
I fully expected President Obama’s administration to be pro-abortion, but never in my life did I imagine that it would implement rules requiring ministries like Summit to become abortion providers. But this is what has happened.
It’s clear that the federal government, in enforcing what has become known as the HHS contraception mandate, is propping up a secularist worldview at the expense of religious freedom. In effect, it’s doing this by coercive strong-arming and — in a move right out of the postmodernist’s playbook — engaging in disingenuous arguments to make its case seem more reasonable.
In the run-up to the 2012 election when conservative candidates made gaffe after gaffe when talking about abortion, one of Trevin Wax’s Gospel Coalition blog posts, “10 Questions a Pro-Choice Candidate Is Never Asked by the Media” went viral, instantly making Wax one of the most influential Christian voices of his generation.
Paul’s missionary journeys occupied decades of his life. His martyrdom was preceded by serious, painful persecution. Yet his steadfast refrain to Christians was to keep fighting, keep living, keep working, and keep obeying. Likewise, we are called to persist in a fallen world without regard for our self-preservation or comfort.
Nearly 70 years ago — before Roe v. Wade and before the world discovered the full extent of the horrors of Nazi Germany — C.S. Lewis penned what could be regarded as prophecy for today’s bio-ethical conversations. In his radio lectures-turned-book The Abolition of Man, Lewis described the outcome of humanity’s hubris when it comes to conquering nature. “For the power of Man to make himself what he pleases means, as we have seen, the power of some men to make other men what they please. . . . Man’s final conquest has proved to be the abolition of Man.”
If two bioethicists get their way, the next category of humans to be abolished will be newborns who are either “defective” or “inconvenient.”
Summit’s John Stonestreet was recently interviewed by Bobby Conway for The One Minute Apologist YouTube channel, discussing truth and euthanasia.