In this episode we continue our response to John Irving's article for the New York Times that attempts to bash pro-life advocates over the head with a history lesson. Irving claims that colonial America was actually friendly to abortion practices.
Before we examine the colonial period we look at Scriptures against abortion. Then, we observe a consensus among Christians of the first five centuries that abortion at any stage of pregnancy is wrong--even if the science of the day could not tell when life begins in the womb!
"The Long, Cruel History of the Anti-Abortion Crusade"
Epistle of Barnabas
Letter to Diognetus
Athenagorus of Athens
"The Christians Condemn And Detest All Cruelty" from A Plea for the Christians
"Apology" (chapter 9)
"On the Soul" (chapter 27)
"On the Soul" (chapter 25)
Hippolytus of Rome
Refutation of All Heresies (book 9, chapter 7)
Basil of Caesarea
Letter 188 (chapter 2)
Gregory of Nyssa
"On the Soul and the Resurrection"
Homily 24 on Romans
Augustine of Hippo
On Marriage and Concupiscence (book 1, chapter 17)