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Pro-Life Apologetics 101

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Grace Daigler

on 26 January 2014

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Transcript of Pro-Life Apologetics 101

Pro-Life Apologetics 101
Crash Course
Ambassadors for Christ
1)Knowledge- know the truth
2)Wisdom- artful way to portray that truth
3)Character- possess personal virtue
Get on Topic
Is Abortion Complex? – Complex Circumstances, but Not Morally Complex
1)Daddy Can I Kill It?
2)Only One Question- Simplify the Issue
Choice Stance 1-
Not Living Humans
Choice Stance 2-
Living but not Persons
Those who make distinctions between human persons and human non-persons should be asked to consider whether their claims do not have an unjust and arbitrary bias.
Stance 3-
Human, But You Can Kill It
1) Sovereign Zone— "I can do whatever I want with what is in my body."

Challenge: Can a woman use thalidomide during pregnancy? Smoke or drink?
Three Important Skills
1)Asking Questions
3)Finding Common Ground
1. Intro
Types of Questions
1) What
2) Clarification
3) Why
4) Challenge (Save for Later)
Red Herring- Anything that distracts from the real issue
Begging the Question- When a person holds a hidden assumption without actually proving it or addressing it
Trot Out a Toddler

Not Proving that the unborn are human yet, just framing the issue
Response Steps in Almost Every Situation
1)Common Ground
Objective Truth — Can we claim something is wrong for everyone?
Construction vs. Development

Parts vs. Wholes
“Do you mean that biologically no one can determine when life begins? Or do you just mean that we don’t know when valuable human life begins?”
SLED Test—Acknowledge the difference and ask why it is significant
2)Level of Development
4)Degree of Dependency
Substance View of Persons— You are valuable for what you are, not changeable traits.
"Challenge” Questions— “Have you considered…”
Ex. Have you considered that if it is okay to kill someone just because they aren't self-aware, then we could kill anyone who is sleeping?
Animal Rights?—“Human rights should be based on human nature. Do you believe that humans like you and me are valuable?”
2) Right to Refuse— "I can't be forced to support another human being with my body."

Challenge: Can a woman refuse to provide nutrition and a proper environment for her newborn? (Cabin in the woods)
4)Make the Connection
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