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IS ABORTION MURDER? Article by Peter Kreeft PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Saturday, 02 April 2016 13:25

That Abortion is Infanticide rests on belief that an embryo, a fetus is a person.  If that is true it follows that there must be punitive legal consequences to those who made the abortion happen

First, the pro-choicers are correct to claim that the "person" and "human being" are not identical, but wrong to claim that the "human being" is the broader category and "person" the narrower subset. It is the other way round. There are persons who are not human persons: the three Persons of the Trinity, angels, and any rational and moral extraterrestrials who may exist, such as the E.T., Martians, and someone who has never heard of the Boston Red Sox. But though not all persons are human, all humans are persons. Old humans are persons, very young humans are persons, and preborn humans, fetal humans, are persons too.

How is a person to be defined? The crucial point for our argument is not which acts are to count as defining a person (is it speaking, or reasoning, or loving) but the relation of these personal acts to the person-actor. [not by what one does, but as one who is able to do them]

One who is consciously performing personal acts? If so, people who are asleep are not people, and we may kill them.

 

One with a present capacity to perform personal acts? That would include sleepers, but not people in coma.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 03 April 2016 13:48
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Is an ambryo, a fetus, a Person? - adapted from Peter Kreeft PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 14:45

First, the pro-choicers are correct to claim that the "person" and "human being" are not identical, but wrong to claim that the "human being" is the broader category and "person" the narrower subset. It is the other way round. There are persons who are not human persons: the three Persons of the Trinity, angels, and any rational and moral extraterrestrials who may exist, such as the E.T., Martians, and someone who has never heard of the Boston Red Sox. But though not all persons are human, all humans are persons. Old humans are persons, very young humans are persons, and pre-born humans, fetal humans, are persons too.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 15:28
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BEING HUMAN: THE MEANING OF PERSONHOOD, SEXUALITY AND GENDER PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 13:30

This paper is my personal Position Paper on the Subject.  It is written in response to the story of a Professor of Theology (Chair of the Department) in an Evangelical School who recently announced that she was really a male, ie- a transgendered person; and to his comments in the article and in a video message. See-

http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2013/september/transgender-professor-azusa-pacific-heath-adam-ackley.html

With due respect to Alexander Pope who wrote his An Essay on Man: "Know then thyself, presume not God to scan [in Pope's day, this word meant "to look over or analyze closely];The proper study of Mankind is Man."; the Christian and Biblical understanding of "Man" and Mankind does begin with scanning or examining God closely God!  "Man" is understood properly only in "his" relationship to Him.

 

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Last Updated on Saturday, 09 November 2013 09:24
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DEVELOPING A BIBLICAL BASIS FOR HEALTH CARE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 27 September 2013 10:22

It is overwhelming! There are more than a 1000 pages in the Governments proposed Health Care Plan and details are being changed in Committee daily. Much od the content is very complicated and technical and we must end up trusting "the experts" to work it all out (never a comforting idea). There are some basic issues and concerns that are being debated and about which equally sincere and knowledgeable people, often using the same statistics, strongly disagree. These issues are argued on the basis of conflicting ideologies or philosophies about Government, from very Conservative to very Liberal.

As a Christian, I am concerned with what God says about all of this. Specifically, what principles are taught in the Bible that should govern our Country's Health Care Policy? If Christ and His Word are sovereign over all, He must have a word for us on all of this. What is it?  [NOTE: This Series was first published here in August 2010.  It is even more helpful now]

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Last Updated on Friday, 27 September 2013 10:30
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MORE BIBLICAL GUIDING PRINCIPLES Re HEALTH CARE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 27 September 2013 10:16

 

Health care in Israel was simple. It was primarily the responsibility of the individual and was provided within the family at home. The village or community helped the family as needed. There was no such thing as the Welfare State in ancient Israel.

Some Christians use Ezekiel 34 and similar texts to support their claim that the US Government is responsibility to provide medical insurance for the health care of all citizens. I am not persuaded. There were 4 essentials to health care in Israel: Diet, Rest, Quarantine and Safety. Israelites ate healthy and strictly avoided foods that might cause disease (such as uncooked pork or fatty foods, eg- Dan 1:4-16) Their regular diet included vegetables, grains and fruits as well as some dairy products and oil. Of course, they walked and did physical work (no cars). They observed the Sabbath which meant they stopped working, slowed down and took time for worship, family and rest at least one full 24 hour day every week. They practiced quarantine. They recognized the dangers of skin disease and bodily discharges and set those who showed signs of these apart from everyone else. They fought disease by prevention. This was also evident in their laws about public safety in buildings, roadways and workplaces, including the farm. The Kings (the Government) that Ezekiel was criticizing failed to enforce health and safety laws. That does not lead to a mandate for the US Government to provide Health Insurance for all. It is a mandate for Prevention by everyone. American's heath care is primarily in the hands of Americans who care for their health!

The practice of preventative policies, such as are taught by the Bible. have always helped to ensure public health and reduce health costs in any society that practices them. It would greatly improve health care in America if everyone living here were to eat a healthy diet, observe a Sabbath for worship and rest, take precautions to avoid germs (wash hands, drink clean water, cover the garbage cans, get rid of mosquitoes, etc) and follow safety rules at home, on the road, at work and play. This is not just Biblical, it is common sense! The greatest improvement of Health Care in America begins with Prevention. Most of the diseases that cost the most and finally kill us are caused by our voluntary behavior and therefore are preventable or their impact greatly reduced if we change the way we live. That most Americans are not doing this is a scandal. Realizing this factor has been one of the major findings of my study.

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 27 September 2013 10:18
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