Questions of Human Value
January 22nd marks the 45th anniversary of the US Supreme Court's decision on the life-or-death issue of abortion. Culture and legislation have undoubtedly changed quite a bit since then, but the Christian perspective remains the same.
As Scott Klusendorf writes in The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture:
The question of truth and the question of human value are driving our national debates on abortion, cloning, and embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). The debates are contentious because they involve deep worldview commitments that get to the heart of who and what we are as people. But the debate itself is not complex. Either you believe that each and every human being has an equal right to life or you don’t.
Pro-life Christians provide one answer. Although humans differ in their respective degrees of development, they are nonetheless equal because they share a common human nature that bears the image of their Creator. Humans have value simply because they are human.
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