Thursday, August 21, 2008

Francis Schaeffer's Analysis of Roe v. Wade

Francis Schaeffer's critique of the Supreme Court's decision to legalize abortion still resonates today. Schaeffer rightly identifies the radical new notion of where the value of human life comes from, in that the Court firmly grounded it in the arbitrary will of the one standing in a position of power over the other. In the case off abortion, then the mother's arbitrary decision, no matter how much of a struggle the process was, is still purely arbitrary and determined on the mother's wanting to keep the baby. This also has radical implications for the rest of humanity.

The logical implication of this line of thought is one that dehumanizes all of humanity. This should be particularly evident with the increasing paradigm of looking at the world in terms of a global community or body that is interconnected and dependent on everything else. Following the arbitrary logic of abortion rights, then the global body could someday arbitrarily decide that certain segments of the world population is undesirable and therefore needs to be aborted from Mother Earth. Those who hold to a theistic view of the world, but particularly a Christian view of the world, need to realize that there is a lot more at stake than the defense of the unborn and false philosophies and world views that justify such an evil act.