Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Man, the Measure of All Things?

For anyone who knows me, they know that I like politics and that I'm generally active in politics especially when it comes to issues affecting California and broader moral issues affecting society as a whole. Generally, those issues revolve around among other things abortion. I believe, and science has proven, that a human life begins at conception. If this is so, then abortion kills the life of an innocent human being. If this is not so, then the whole debate is useless. If we're not sure, than I think the baby should be given the benefit of the doubt and be allowed to live. I believe that human life- ALL human life, has value. You may disagree. If you do disagree, you are either a secular humanist or a religious humanist (a hedonist that couches their philosophies with religious terms). You value life according to it's contribution to society. For you, the question is not, when is a fetus a viable human being, but rather, when is it a person. For the humanist, the baby in the womb is a person "if you want it to be, or it's not if you don't want it to be". Life has no value to you. It's based on convenience. That is morally wrong. Whether the baby lives or dies depends on the whims of his or her mother. For the Christian, abortion itself would be worth spending much of our lifetimes to fight against, because it is the killing of a human life, but it's only a symtom of the total. What we are facing is Humanism- "Man, the measure of all things".

I'm really interested in Francis Schaeffer right now. This post was inspired by a sermon I read as given by Schaeffer in 1982, two years before his death. The sermon was taken from his book "The Christian Manifesto." The sermon can be found (here). Well worth the read.

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