Moral and Philosophical Arguments Against Fetal Personhood

In preparation for a forthcoming article on attempts by right wing activists and legislatures to pass “fetal personhood amendments” that would outlaw abortion or limit abortion rights, Valerie Tarico, author of Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light, interviewed me about a number of philosophical issues related to the [Read More...]

Accusations That Scientologists Were Forced Into Abortions By Scientology’s Sea Organization

The St. Petersburg Times reports that more than a dozen women are claiming to have been pressured into abortions when they worked for Scientology’s religious order, the Sea Organization: Some said colleagues and supervisors pressured them to abort their pregnancies and remain productive workers without the distraction of raising children. Terminating a pregnancy and staying [Read More...]

Logic, Numbers, and Mary’s Conception

Numbers 5:14, 18, 44: If feelings of jealousy come over her husband and he suspects his wife and she is impure—or if he is jealous and suspects her even though she is not impure—then he is to take his wife to the priest…. After the priest has had the woman stand before the LORD, he [Read More...]


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