instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Monday, January 24, 2011

A just question

In preaching on abortion during his homily yesterday, my pastor said, "Some people say, 'It's just a bunch of cells.' Well... I'm a bunch of cells, too!"

We're each a bunch of cells. The question is, which of us are just a bunch of cells?

The answer must be that all, some, or none of us is just a bunch of cells.

If we're all just a bunch of cells, then there is no right or wrong, there are just biochemical reactions. I don't know that I've ever heard of anyone who actually lived as though they believed this.

If some of us are just a bunch of cells, then the problem is figuring out which ones. I state without proof that there is no inviolable rule in nature for figuring that out, with the corollary that a society that believes some of us are just a bunch of cells can become a society that believes you are just a bunch of cells.

If none of us is just a bunch of cells, then what the hell have we been doing?

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