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Catholics opposing views on abortion over History
Religion and Theology
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Name: Tutor: Course: Date: University: Catholics opposing views on abortion over history This study will seek to examine the views of catholic churches in relation to abortion over history. The study will utilize ideas in the past and the present times. The Catholic Church since its foundation has always spoken out against abortion.
The early Christians were opposed to abortion because it exposed the unborn babies thus making them die. Abortion was condemned with disregarding to what stage of the pregnancy it was carried out in the first three centuries of Christianity. This can be captured in Tertullian writings in 197AD that” it does not matter whether you take away life that is born or destroy one that is coming to birth. In both instances, destruction is murder.” The council of Ancyra (314) is said to have referred to an ancient law that excommunicated women that aborted their children deliberately. (life.org.nz, 2011) The second mention of abortion is in a theological tract known as the Epistle of the pseudo-Barnabas which was written in about 138 and highly regarded by the theologians of Alexandria. The author of this publication treats abortion as corollary to the law of fraternal charity which was in existence. This can be captured in the written statements that, “You shall love your neighbor more than your own life. You shall not slay the child by abortion.” (catholicculture.org, 2011) Athenagoras who was an Athenian philosopher states in a letter he writes to Marcus Aurelius (177) that “All those who use abortifacients are homicides and they will have to account to God for their abortions as well as the killing of men”. ...
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