WW: Week One

Humanity

Since we are already focusing on the sanctity of life, this would be a good week to highlight Humanity.
As you think about humanity this week, consider how our culture answers these two questions. Also, what choices do you see people making based on how they answer these questions about humanity. We have two examples listed below:

WHO AM I?
Gen. 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
Psalm 8:4-8 (5 yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings;)

HOW DID I GET HERE?
Acts 17:24-27 (26 “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place”)

LOOK AT THE WORLDVIEW OF THESE TWO ORGANIZATIONS

CARE NET (PRO-LIFE) VS. PLANNED PARENTHOOD (PRO-CHOICE)
Here is what Planned Parenthood says on their website about organizations like Care Net. "Be careful when looking for a reliable health center. There are fake clinics that say they have pregnancy services. These are called Crisis Pregnancy Centers, and they’re run by people who are anti-abortion and don’t believe in telling you the truth about all of your pregnancy options. They may use lies and manipulation to try to scare or shame people out of choosing abortion."

There have been 1.6 million abortions worldwide in 2021 already.
 
In Practical Ethics, Peter Singer argues in favor of abortion rights on the grounds that fetuses are neither rational nor self-aware, and can therefore hold no preferences. As a result, he argues that the preference of a mother to have an abortion automatically takes precedence. What does this philosophy indicate about his view of humanity or the questions who am I and how did I get here? Another possible piece of information is this statement. Singer's work in applied ethics and his activism in politics were informed by his utilitarianism, the tradition in ethical philosophy that holds that actions are right or wrong depending on the extent to which they promote happiness or prevent pain. He was the professor of Bioethics at Princeton University.
Luke 9:22 “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

Rom. 8:17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Mark 8:34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
Here is one question from Scott Klusendorf for engaging those who believe in pro-choice or abortion and seeks to develop the underlying fundamental unity we all have as human beings.
 
If it is wrong to hurt people based on gender or skin color, is it also wrong to hurt people based on size, level of development, environment, and degree of dependency? How you define a human person will directly affect how some people answer this question.

Here is one short video resource: