In a new turn for the abortion debate, lawmakers in Nebraska have enacted tougher abortion restrictions based on a fetus’s capacity to feel pain. The laws prohibit performing abortions after 20 weeks except under extreme conditions. Anti-abortion groups say the laws are grounded in scientific research conducted since the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. But abortion-rights advocates argue the laws have no legal or scientific credibility.
- The Issue of Pain Is Valid, writes Mike Labossiere at Talking Philosophy: “Determining when the fetus can feel and suffer from such pain does seem important. After all, many moral arguments are based on the capacity of beings to experience pain. For example, stock arguments in the moral debate over the treatment of animals rest on the fact that many of the ways we treat animals (such as how we raise them as food) causes them pain and suffering. If the pain and suffering of animals matters morally, then it would certainly seem that the pain and suffering of fetuses would also matter morally.”
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Regardless, I stick with what the bible says…
Jeremiah 1:5 tells us that God knows us before He forms us in the womb. Psalm 139:13-16 speaks of God’s active role in our creation and formation in the womb. Exodus 21:22-25 prescribes the same penalty—death—for someone who causes the death of a baby in the womb as for someone who commits murder. This clearly indicates that God considers a baby in the womb to be as human as a full-grown adult. For the Christian, abortion is not a matter of a woman’s right to choose. It is a matter of the life or death of a human being made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27; 9:6). [more]
This bit of intriguing news about an essay that has been recently translated…
A most interesting essay by one of the last of the church fathers, titled ‘On Dragons and Ghosts’, was very recently translated for the first time (into Russian) and published in Moscow.
The author is John of Damascus, also known as St John Damascene (see sidenote).
Like many ancient manuscripts, it refers to dragons, creatures which often resemble known dinosaur types or features, as real living creatures. Like most people who have been taught that dinosaurs died out millions of years before people appeared, Maxim Kozlov, the Russian Orthodox priest who produced the translation and commentary, does not accept that people actually encountered dragons/dinosaurs. Despite this, however, he praises the author of the essay for his ‘soberness of mind … in striking contrast to … boundless mysticism and search for the mysterious.’
In fact, John of Damascus was an author of great intellect, a stranger to any gullibility or fable-telling. Moreover, the whole purpose of the essay is the exposure of various fables and superstitions. [http://creation.com/dragons-animals-not-apparitions]
Which then led me to watch this. It’s Part 2 of a series called “Forbidden History: Dinosaurs and the Bible”:
Interesting stuff about Dragons, Alexander the Great and so forth.
The blurb for this video says…
Forbidden History: Dinosaurs and the Bible takes you on a journey to discover the evidence that dinosaurs and man have always existed together. You will be shown historical and physical evidence that man and dinosaurs have always existed together. You will also see evidence that there may even be a few very rare living dinosaurs alive today. You will also learn of the over 30 references to dinosaurs in the historical record of the Bible. Visit http://www.forbidden-history.com for more detailed information on the subject as well.
So of course I had to check out the website called “Forbidden-History Dinosaurs and the Bible” which led me to blogroll the site. Yip Yah!!! On that site it has a page about Dinosaurs possibly being found today! Take a look at this picture…
But what really fascinated me was the archaeological evidence of Dinosaurs and mankind together! Lot’s of ancient findings from all over the world from different cultures that suggest that Dinosaurs and mankind were not separated by millions of years.
So, there you go. That is what I have read today 🙂