The view that abortion is murder from conception has actually been the minority view in the Western church for most of Christian history. Perhaps acknowledging this complexity and diversity of thought will evoke a spirit of humility within us as we engage the issue today.
“The Christian tradition has taken a generally negative view of abortion, but the moral basis and perceived implications of this negative view have varied greatly.” So begins philosophy professor Peter Millican’s entry on abortion in The Oxford Companion to Christian Thought. This is, as we’ll see, an accurate summary.
For several years now I’ve been wrestling with the intersection of Christianity and political involvement. Is there a way that I can leverage my privilege for the benefit of the marginalized without compromising my own convictions about political involvement?