- Human life has a beginning and an end.
- Both of these (i.e., the beginning and the end) are morally salient.
- Murder is the wrongful killing of one human being by another.
- Conception represents a change in kind, not merely in degree.
- Death represents a change in kind, not merely in degree.
- Both the beginning and the end of life are a change in kind, not merely in degree.
- There is no other change in kind in human life; all other changes are merely in degree.
- III ∧ V
Conception, as a change in kind, represents the beginning of a human life.
IV ∧ V
Death, as a change in kind, represents the end of a human life.
1 ∧ II
As life begins at conception, terminating a fetus at any point without sufficient justification is wrongful and is, therefore, murder.
According to Christian theology, the first human beings to walk the Earth were Adam and Eve. For the purposes of reconciling God’s omnibenevolence with the existence of evil, this provides a convenient starting point (with a very convenient minimum of variables).
Given Adam and Eve, there are four possible states of affairs regarding the possible entrance of evil into the world.
- Adam is transworld depraved.
- Eve is transworld depraved.
- Both Adam and Eve are transworld depraved.
- Neither Adam nor Eve is transworld depraved.
I do not believe that God leaves, or causes, any to walk in darkness. I believe that all men in all ages have been granted glimpses of the Light; for some it has been the mere flashes of a candle at a distance and for others it has been the blinding brilliance of the midday sun, but all have had at least a glimpse of the Truth. The Scriptures and logic both support me in this view:
Unique among nations, the United States of America professes to and actually does protect freedom of speech. Enshrined in the First Amendment, but not granted by it, is the freedom for all to speak their minds and to be free from having their lives destroyed for doing so. This freedom has consistently been interpreted very broadly by the Supreme Court.
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Anyone who claims to be an Atheist should immediately lose any and all credibility with rational men, for an Atheist can be at most two of the following things: alive, rational, and honest. Naturally, this means that a living Atheist must be irrational or dishonest. The logic behind these conclusions is as simple as it is compelling: If there is no soul, this life is, in the end analysis, wholly and totally devoid of meaning. In the face of a meaningless existence, the only logical action is not to act. However, avoiding personal pain and suffering is also rational, so suicide (in order to avoid the pain and suffering entailed by simply waiting to die) is the most rational choice.
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