Personally Opposed …
As observant readers of this column may occasionally have noted, the current Eutychus has a deep interest in the ethical and political significance of the abortion controversy. This is not unusual in a Christian theologian; indeed, he shares this interest with acknowledged luminaries such as Tertullian, Augustine, and John Calvin, as well as with modern figures in epistemological, existentialist, or revolutionary theological inquiry such as Heinrich v. Schlunk, T. V. Set, and Enrique Cabeza de Vaca.
In the course of his ethical, socio-political, and epistemological inquiries, Eutychus VI has noted a number of factors often (although not universally) observed among persons of prominence questioned about their stand on abortion. Although this particular Fragenkomplex may not loom so large in the eyes of all faithful readers of this column, it is not inappropriate to comment on these common factors, inasmuch as they may be observed not only in connection with the admittedly thorny abortion issue but also whenever the high and mighty of Church and State are asked to take a stand that requires both a certain ethical discrimination and more than a modest measure of moral courage.
The most common politician’s answer on the abortion question is: “Of course, I am personally opposed, but I would never think of imposing my moral convictions upon others.” (Unfortunate that the same politicians frequently and effectively think of imposing upon us their convictions with regard to taxes, busing, compulsory military service, and a host of other matters—or are we to consider all such questions amoral, if not positively immoral, and hence perfectly proper areas for the imposition of opinions?)
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