Tag: reproductive choice

Pro-Life God? (Part 2)

Pro-Life God? (Part 2)

"Life" Issues, Abortion, autonomy, Biology, birth, Cherry picking, Christianity, citizenship, civics, Consitution, Creation, Creator, critical judgment, culture, First Amendment, God, Hebrew Scripture, law, monotheism, Rationality, Religion, Scripture, Secularity, Theodicy, Theology, Uncategorized, Women
Given my recent preoccupation with "life" issues generally and with the pro-life / pro-choice debate generally, I thought it might be advisable to reprint this column from several years ago for the sake of the statistics it contains about the incidence of spontaneous abortions / miscarriages worldwide, and the theological implications of these numbers. Debates about abortion tend to get lost in the intricacies of theologies and ideologies at the expense of appeal to actual hard data. My intent in reprinting this "Skeptic's Collection" column is not to ridicule pro-life people or their religious convictions. Rather, my intent is simply to make possible an appeal to empirical evidence vis a vis various theological reflections on abortion. Facts matter. Back in February of 2014, I publishe...
Pope Francis' Pregnant Remarks

Pope Francis' Pregnant Remarks

"Life" Issues, autonomy, Christian Church, Christianity, Church, conservatism, contraception, critical judgment, Ethics, Ideology, Religion, Sexuality, Spirituality, Theology
For progressives – really, for anyone who is on a first-name basis with the 21st century – it’s been a rough ride so far with Pope Francis. There was initial giddiness about stories concerning his carrying his own luggage and paying his own hotel bill. (Had we really set the bar so low that paying your own hotel bill was seen as a tectonic change in matters ecclesial?) Later, there were more tangible indicators of Francis’ departure from both the style and the substance of his predecessors. Other Popes had critiqued capitalism, but Francis did so in conspicuously sharper terms, sharp enough, in fact, to set many of the junkyard dogs of Fox News and right-wing talk radio baying for fresh meat. And his famous remark about the “heaven-worthiness” of LGBTQ people and even atheists at least fli