Life and choice – embryo, foetus, baby (Reflections on the Abortion debate part 1)

Yesterday as the polls were close to closing in Ireland on the proposal to repeal the ban on abortion, I picked up a little conversation, primarily between journalists and media commentators on my twitter feed. Giles Fraser had opened up a conversation about why women often refer to the foetus they are carrying in their womb as “a baby.” Giles was pushing at the question “If we are talking about an actual human life, then what?” It’s important to say at this stage that unlike me, Giles was taking a “pro-choice” “pro-abortion” position. He acknowledged that we had to get to an objective conclusion on whether we were talking about an actual life or a potential life. He thought we were talking about actual life but still thought that abortion should be permissible. He was genuinely asking questions, recognising that the case was difficult to argue but not sure how to make it. Continue reading

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Life and Death Decisions, Lawyers, Judges and family

This year has seen two very sad high profile medical cases relating to the treatment of seriously ill children, Charlie Garde and Alfie Evans. In the second case, the Christian Legal Centre got involved. As they explain here, they did so in order to ensure that a family were supported and had advocates speaking for them. Continue reading

Creation and the Environment

If this creation is made by God and we are placed in it to look after it, to rule over it, subdue it and to fill it, to keep it and till it, then what implications does this have for our approach to the environment and ecology? Continue reading

Faithroots Live – This Saturday 10th March

Our Faithroots Live event is this Saturday. Join us at 9am for Breakfast. We will start the workshop formerly at 9:30 and finish at 2pm,

Our topic is “How Do you know?”

We will be looking at how we can know truth about God, Creation, Humans and New Creation.

Big questions asked during the day will include: Continue reading

Offence -a response to some challenges to my approach

I am enjoying thinking through what it means to offend and be offended – I hope you are enjoying the discussion and finding it useful too. My primary concern when writing anything for faithroots is to think about the pastoral usefulness of what we are discussing. This takes precedent over knock about debate for me.

However, there are times when debate can be useful as it helps us to sharpen our thinking. Stephen Kneale has kindly come back and engaged further with me on this and I think it will be useful to our thinking about the pastoral implications to engage with his objections -so I want to take a little more time to respond to his articles on the subject.

So, let’s pick up on his responses here Continue reading

Tim Farron, that question again and worldviews

Remember during the General Election when Tim Farron (at the time the Liberal Democrat’s leader) was asked whether he thought gay sex was a sin or not? Well, you probably have noticed that he has been asked about it again, this time by Premier Radio. He now says that he regrets not sticking to his guns on what is and isn’t sin.   Continue reading

Toby Young, Eugenics and Genetic Screening

Whilst we’ve been talking about other things on faithroots.net, one of the big UK controversies has been about a guy called Toby Young who was appointed to the new Office For Students, provoked an outcry, was defended by some senior politicians, tried to stay in post before eventually giving in to the twitter storm and resigning. Continue reading