The recent debacle surrounding planned parenthood has been… well, uproarious to say the least. Some people are saying that PP is selling organs for profit, some are saying that PP is not making a profit but using the money for processing fees. I am not going to try to parse through the competing information on this. What I want to do is something similar to what I did with my post on genetic engineering and human children… I want to go through the possible scenarios and come to a reasonable conclusion that can be applied, no matter what the truth of the situation is.
I’d also like to make an important suggestion. Before we say “I disagree”, we should seek to understand what is really happening. Once we understand it, we can point out the problems with it. There’s no need for us to fabricate evil… if the evil truly is there. For those unaware of my stance on abortion, I am pro-life. I wrote about it here. Read the rest of this entry »
I haven’t posted anything in a little while, even though there is a ton that I could write about (like 3 parent children, net neutrality, and a wide variety of comments on old blog posts), I’ve been a bit distracted by a large number of things. So, I wanted to update you as to what was going on in my life right now.
Outside of a whole bunch of random things happening in my life, I have recently started 1 major project (a podcast), a bunch of mini projects and continued with regular projects.
Major project: The Live Christianly Podcast!
My brother in law (Dan) and I have recently launched The Live Christianly Podcast, and we’re having a lot of fun with it. Unfortunately, podcasting (and everything associated with it) comes with a lot of previously unknown complications. If you like the stuff I write here, you’ll probably like the stuff we talk about on the show. Dan is
If you’re not a podcast listener, start with this one! And then look at my awesome podcast recommendations!
A bunch of minor projects
The first thing I want to tell you about is that I’m moving my apologetics blog posts from HashtagApologetics over to TheologyMix. I really like what they’re doing at TheologyMix (you can find my posts here and under the TheologyMix menu), and I plan on contributing more to their website. Because of this, I will be modifying the HtA posts slightly for ThM, and then removing them from HtA. The blog will still stay up because other people have content on that site, but I don’t plan on contributing to HtA anymore.
Side note: if you’re interested in contributing to HtA at all, let me know
I recently had the privilege of going on my friend Richard Bushey‘s new debate show/podcast and discuss the topic of abortion with 2 pro-choice guys, another pro-life guy and Bushey (who is pro-life). It certainly was… an interesting discussion. Here’s the video:
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Its not very often where I will recommend a podcast that has [probably] stopped producing content. However, if you’re interested in one of the best pro-life audio resources available, allow me to point you to…
There’s so much that could be said about Life Report in terms of the valuable content, the character of those doing it, the value in the way they approach the issues… everything. This podcast is great.
While employed at Right to Life of Central California, Josh Brahm spear-headed Life Report with the help of several other people. Eventually, Josh ended up splitting with Right to Life of Central California and establishing the Equal Rights Institute, which ended Josh’s contribution to the Life Report podcast (you can read about that announcement here).
Josh’s last episode was episode 199.
Who ends on 199?! That would kill the completionist in me.
Yesterday, January 22nd, was the anniversary of the famous Roe v. Wade decision made by the US Supreme Court in 1973, which was effectively a federally signed permission slip for women to get abortions. But many people, including myself, do not agree that the issue of abortion is settled by court fiat because… well, the court was wrong.
Abortion is an issue fraught with emotionally and rhetorically powerful arguments, so we have to make sure that we handle this issue with care. However, we are discussing an issue of great importance; if the pro-lifers (those against abortion) are correct, then we have been allowing the systematic destruction of the most helpless member of society for the last 42+ years. And if the pro-choicers (those in favor of abortion choice) are correct, then pro-lifers are looking to take away a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion.
Most of the ‘street-level’ arguments for and against abortion are a combination of assuming what they’re trying to prove (begging the question), personal attacks, accusatory motivational assumptions, straw men, loaded questions, and any number of other logically fallacious ways of thinking. How often have you heard a discussion on abortion where the pro-lifer is accusing the pro-choicer of hating babies and wanting to use abortion as birth control? …and in response, the pro-choicer accuses the pro-lifer of misogyny and being against women’s rights?
In fact, if you’re trying to hone your skills in logical fallacy identification, watch a popular level debate (on Fox News or CNN or something, those are almost always hilariously bad) and count the number of fallacies used by both people. That’s some hardcore on-the-job training, so be warned.
When we are approaching the issue of abortion, we have to ask two vitally important questions – one scientific and one philosophical.
What is the unborn? This is a scientific question.
What gives us value? This is a philosophical question. Read the rest of this entry »