Birth as the “moral fault line of our time”

Birth Born Newborn Baby Child Healthy Baby InfantChristmas is about birth, Kevin Williamson reminds us, which is what reminds us most of our physicality.  No wonder, he says, birth is also “the great political and moral fault line of our time.”

Consider all of the moral issues that have to do with birth, whether preventing it or negating it:  abortion, sex outside of marriage, pornography, today’s much vaunted fantasy of sex with robots.  Consider the political and ideological issues:  fears of overpopulation, health care, feminism, child poverty, education problems, child-raising controversies, embryonic stem cell research, reproductive engineering, adoption, divorce, marriage, family values.

Williamson says that our confused attitudes about birth tie into our confused attitudes about the body.  One can see in his examples the current gnostic revival, which denies the spiritual significance of the physical realm (as in being “spiritual but not religious”) and rejects the body (as in transgenderism and in the transhuman dream of downloading our minds into the internet so that we don’t need our bodies anymore).

Against the gnostic worldview, we have the Nativity–the conception, birth, and infancy of God Himself as a physical, embodied human being–and the Holy Family.
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Reproduction as resurrection

baby-1414531_1280Peter Leithart gives a splendid reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 3, in which he is trying to persuade his “fair young friend” (contrary to the homosexual readings of the sonnets) to get married and have children.

Leithart shows how Shakespeare and his age thought of what it means to have children, including the connection of sexuality to nature (for example, the link between “husband” and “husbandry”) and the notion that the reproduction is an image of resurrection. [Read more…]

Now that men can become pregnant. . .

A_TransGender-Symbol_Plain2Now that gender has been disassociated from biology and is a matter of personal self-identification, a man can become pregnant.  (That is, someone born with female organs but who self-identifies as a man has to be considered as a man.  If “he” hasn’t had sex-reassignment surgery and has sex with a biological man–I suppose we would have to call “him” gay–then “he” could have a baby.)

Carl Trueman studies a military manual instructing officers how to handle transgender issues, including a male soldier who gets pregnant.

So the body is thought to have nothing to do with gender, with sex, with parenting, with personal identity.  Now Gnosticism has become our new civil religion.

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The “Bill Clinton is worse” fallacy

Donald Trump responds to videos and testimonies about his treatment of women by saying, “But Bill Clinton is worse!”  He brings together some of Bill’s victims for a press conference and invites them to the debates.  But I don’t see how Bill’s sexual transgressions and his being a sexual predator can be used to discredit Hillary Clinton.

Isn’t the wife of an adulterer one of his victims?  Isn’t Hillary the Wronged Woman?

What do we want her to do?  Divorce him?  I thought we didn’t believe in divorce.

But she “enabled” her husband’s bad behavior by denying it and attacking the women who accused him.  But isn’t this kind of denial a defense mechanism, part of the “Stand by Your Man” syndrome? [Read more…]

InterVarsity gets tough on sex issues

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has long been one of the best evangelical campus ministries, cultivating the Christian faith along with the life of the mind.  I had heard that it was slipping to the liberal side, but the organization has told its 1,300 staffers that they must support its statement on sexuality (that sex is only for heterosexual marriage), or they will be asked to leave.  Expect controversy to ensue. [Read more…]

Bisexuals overtake gays and lesbians in UK

The number of bisexuals has shot up 45%, according to a study in Great Britain.  In fact, more young people now identify as bisexual than gay or lesbian.

If sexual preference is genetic, as we have been told, is some sort of mass mutation taking place?  Or might there be a cultural component to sexual desire?   At any rate, we are now being told that sexual attraction exists “somewhere on a spectrum rather than it being a black-or-white question.”

Just as the transgendered are throwing a monkey-wrench into feminist ideology (which stresses the essential difference between men and women), bisexuals or “pansexuals” are undermining gay ideology (which stresses the essential and immutable nature of homosexual desire).

I would think that bisexuals could be counseled to marry a member of the opposite sex, and told that, yes, you will have many sexual temptations, as everyone does, though you will have them from members of both sexes.  But be faithful to the one you marry.  Or do you think that the assumption that individuals should act on all of their sexual desires will manifest itself in group marriages?  Or in the rejection of marriage completely?

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