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  •  Well, this approach is misleading. (0+ / 0-)

    Now, of course, we could do a whole inquiry on the role of scripture in determining Christian practice and doctrine. (Short answer: very limited).

    But this is actually a misleading approach to this issue.

    Fact is that abortion AND lethal exposure of children--usually girls!--to the elements was common practice in ancient Greek and Roman society.

    At one point, the Roman government actually passed a law trying to motivate men to sire and raise children. Population was dropping fast among citizens.

    In this context, Jewish practice contrasted sharply. Jews honored children and, within limits, women much more than Greeks and Romans did.

    And this was a key source of the developing popularity of Christianity. Rodney Starks has a good book on the spread of Christianity and he makes 2 key points on this:

    1. For 200+ years, Christians were almost exclusively Jews, forming a branch of the Jewish faith.

    2. Christianity was particularly attractive to women, in large part because it respected them comparatively and provided a safe environment for children--all children, including girls. This was a key factor as the faith spread to non-Jews ... especially wealthy women.

    So, saying that abortion is not forbidden by Scripture is misleading. The contrast of the Christian community's refusal to abort with the practices of other dimensions of society was a key and distinguishing mark.

    "I'm a dweller on the threshold ..."

    by thresholder on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 11:15:07 AM PST

    •  I disagree. (0+ / 0-)

      "So, saying that abortion is not forbidden by Scripture is misleading."

      Most Christians today who oppose all abortion believe that the Bible directly supports their position. They don't know or care about why the position was originally adopted.

      Many Pro-Choice folks haven't studied the Bible enough to know that the Pro-Lifers are mistaken.

      I'm making a very simple point. They is much else to say that is valuable but beside the point.

      Our reason is quite satisfied ... if we can find a few arguments that will do to recite in case our credulity is criticized... Our faith is faith in someone else's faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case. - William James

      by radical empiricist on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 11:46:43 AM PST

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