The Gnosticism of modern Sexuality

“Why is the government planning to ban therapy to help people who want to change their sexual orientation whilst at the same time it is increasingly common place to let people change their gender? That’s one of the questions that’s been posed this week. Continue reading

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Men and women and the abortion debate

When I asked a couple of questions and shared a little of my view about abortion on twitter, I quickly got back responses to the affect of “shut up, it is nothing to do with you.” Here’s one example typical of that type of response:

“Okay, convince me that ANY man can have any concept of how it feels to be pregnant when there is any problem with that pregnancy, social, economic, biological, psychological. Why are there so many men in this debate? What do they think they can contribute?”[1] Continue reading

Why MPs should vote against abortion in Northern Ireland today

You have got to give Stella Creasy her due. She has moved very quickly to turn up the pressure for extending UK abortion laws and caught defenders of life on the hop.  A couple of people have written blog articles but there’s no real sense of the significance of this.

Maybe, the reason is that we already have abortion laws in the UK and so extending them to one out of line province isn’t seen as that big a deal. However, I want to suggest that it is a big deal and those who care about life need to wake up.  It’s a big deal because something different had begun to happen over the past decade, the conversation about abortion had begun to change. People watched TV programmes with the latest scientific knowledge on display and the latest technology enabling us to have a window on the womb and to see young life developing. We were beginning to row back a little from the culture of death. The last major change to our abortion laws was to reduce the time limit to 24 weeks and other votes whilst unsuccessful were about reducing not increasing its provision. Continue reading

Legacy, individualism and abortion

I’m picking up on some of the examples of finding ourselves with a legacy from the past that brings consequences today.  Last Friday, the Republic of Ireland voted overwhelmingly in favour of legalising abortion.

I find that result a cause of great sadness. There are three reasons to be sad. Continue reading

Pro Life or Pro Choice? The oldest dilemma

If the abortion debate is framed in terms of pro-choice or pro-life, then it should be no surprise that people generally tend to go with “pro-choice” because that is what we have been doing throughout history. This is the oldest decision.

In Genesis 2, God provides two trees at the centre of the Garden of Eden, one is the Tree of Life, eating from it provides a daily testimony to the life which Adam and Eve have from God. They were made to live for ever. The other tree is the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, eating from it was a declaration that humans would make their own choices about right and wrong. Eating from it was a claim to autonomy -that they did not need God’s revelation to know how to act. The first Tree was literally pro-life and the second pro-choice. Adam and Eve ate from the second tree because they wanted to be like God, to have the power and independence he had.

The sad thing about that decision in the Garden of Eden was that humanity already were made in the image of God and already shared a precious quality with him, the quality of life, living for ever. The other sad thing about that decision is that in not choosing life, they were choosing death. God warned them that when they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they would die.. Continue reading

Savita’s Law? The Irish Abortion Referendum and a Red-Herring

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts and as Stephen Kneale points out here, one of the pro-abortion lobby’s tactics is to focus attention on the difficult cases. The message is that if you are against abortion then you are unloving because you don’t care about vulnerable people, those who are victims of assault or those who are medically at risk through pregnancy. Continue reading

Getting to the real question about life (Reflections on the abortion debate part 3)

A serious part of the abortion debate is to do with how people who are put through horrendous suffering are looked after. The difficult cases include:

–          The Rape/abuse victim who s faced with the horrendous trauma of carrying a baby resulting from violence done to them.

–          The mum whose own life is being put at risk by them carrying a baby to term.

These are difficult situations but they are made all the more difficult and complicated by being brought into the debate about “choice.” Vulnerable and hurting people are having their pain used to cloud the discussion about something else. Continue reading