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Scripture, history, and authority in a Christian view of abortion: a response to Paul Simmons.
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PMID:  11660256     Owner:  KIE     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this reply to Paul Simmons, it is argued that while biblical scripture should be understood as the Christian's first and final authority, it is appropriate to draw on other writings as sources for moral reflection. Responsible biblical interpretation and theological reflection must include careful historical analysis. It is inaccurate and anachronistic to read into early Jewish and Christian thinkers a position much like the reigning secular philosophical-legal position on abortion, where fetal non-personhood and individual freedom results in abortion without legal constraints. Careful scholarship reveals that a theological community-based Christian ethic, which develops from first century reflections and biblical canonical authority, prohibits direct abortion as an option for the Christian community.
Michael J Gorman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Christian bioethics     Volume:  2     ISSN:  1380-3603     ISO Abbreviation:  Christ Bioeth     Publication Date:  1996  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-04-14     Completed Date:  1997-04-14     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9507416     Medline TA:  Christ Bioeth     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  83-96     Citation Subset:  E    
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Induced*
Decision Making
Public Policy

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