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Here¹s a brief look inside the January/February edition of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, a special double issue of the magazine published on the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and devoted to reflection on what John Paul II has called the “culture of death.” The issue contains ten articles which argue for a culture of life in stark opposition to this culture of death by an ecumenical array of authors including Janet Shaw Crouse, John Haas, Russell E. Saltzman, David Mills, Mary Walsh, John Henry Crosby, Leon J. Podles, Patrick Henry Reardon, and Louis R. Tarsitano. (Click on any link below to read content from our current edition.)

The Roots of Roe v. Wade

Patrick Henry Reardon says that our most serious problem is not the need for better government:

“Politics and law S lie downstream from culture. Therefore, the real and deeper dilemma, the dilemma arguably as disturbing as abortion itself, is cultural. Our current culture, to say it plainly, has largely stopped thinking of children as gifts from God and firstfruits of the future. S children are now being aborted in the flesh, because they have already been, in large measure, aborted from the mind. We deprive unborn infants of a future because they are inconveniences intruding on our chosen pursuits in the present. Why should we let those infants live, after all, if they are but the by-products of sexual activity, rather than the properly intended purpose of that activity? In short, our current cultural crisis has to do with sex regarded in terms of present Ofulfillment¹ rather than in terms of future family. S The pill, the patch, and the condom have become ­ once again to cite Wichterman ­ our culture¹s Ofirst defense against childbirth,¹ abortion serving only as a socially distasteful back-up. Pregnancy is now widely regarded as something that married couples are expected to prevent until they, not God, decide that they are ready to have children. Husbands and wives are expected to control, that is, not their sexual behavior, but their incidence of pregnancy. Man, not God, is thereby authorized to decide when and how the creation of human beings takes place.”

To read the entire editorial, please click on the link below:

http://www.touchstonemag.com/docs/issues/16.1docs/16-1pg3.html

Choosing Love & Making Life:

Sex, Love, Marriage & the Culture of Death

David Mills explains that “the culture of death is not simply one in which babies are aborted and old people put to sleep like stray dogs”:

“The culture of death begins not in a love of death but in a culture of pseudo-life; in the desire for life and its fruits, but life sought in the wrong ways and usually with the wrong people. S Even in a culture of death, people strive for life. People who are only living together expect each other to be faithful; people who have slept around want to be married; people who have been divorced want a marriage that will last; homosexual people want to have children; women who have aborted their children regret the loss. Things are not as bad as they might be, because people strive for life, though in cases like these they strive partly in vain.”

To read the entire article, please click on the link below:

http://www.touchstonemag.com/docs/issues/16.1docs/16-1pg23.html

Also in this issue: Lutheran pastor Russell E. Saltzman shares his view of abortion as the child of an incestuous rape; Anglican pastor Louis R. Tarsitano reflects on the dangers of harvesting organs; Janice Shaw Crouse of the Beverly LaHaye Institute looks at Roe v. Wade at 30; and John Haas, director of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, examines the effects of biotechnology on our sense of human dignity and value.

Plus much more including: Peter J. Leithart on King Lear; Phillip E. Johnson on Ohio¹s science education decision; Mary Walsh on the lingering scars of abortion; John Henry Crosby of the Family Research Council on whether or not embryos are persons; Leon J. Podles on Europe¹s missing babies; and an exchange between Alan Padgett of Luther Seminary and senior editor S. M. Hutchens on the question, Is God Masculine?

And in every issue: Coverage of the Church around the world and across denominational lines; book reviews and notices; excerpts from classical Christian authors; pro-life news; and our spirited letters section.

Published since 1986, Touchstone is a unique magazine for all Christians Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox that provides thoughtful analysis and bold opinion from a traditional viewpoint.

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