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The Soul Reason for Debate (Part 2)

The Soul Reason for Debate (Part 2)

Essay, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. – George Santayana For the first part of this Beguine Again post, see https://beguineagain.com/2014/01/09/thoughtful-thursday-13/ From the standpoint of religious organizations and groups, perhaps the most important implication is that, to avoid all the foregoing Tar-Baby issues surrounding human-ness, ensoulment, and the like, those who oppose abortion on ethical grounds founded on religious doctrine should effect a fundamental shift in their rhetoric, tactics, and advocacy.  This shift w
Thoughtful Thursday: The Soul Reason for Debate

Thoughtful Thursday: The Soul Reason for Debate

Essay, Jim Cowles, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. -- George Santayana Abortion is a subject fraught with manifold hazards for unwary bloggers who insist on rushing in where angels fear to tread.  So this column will not be about abortion.  Instead, it will be about the abortion debate and an aspect of that debate that has puzzled me for a long, long time.  Maybe someone out there in Beguine Again Land can help me resolve this apparent paradox.  The paradox is as follows. Many abortion opponents -- I won’t say all, but the “many” is certainl