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Living the Gospel of Life -- Study Guide

Paragraph Thirty-nine

Reflection

The image of the two roads, one leading to life and the other to death, is rooted in the book of Deuteronomy, and is later reflected in one of the earliest First Century Christian writings, the Didache (or The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles). That document begins with the words, "There are two ways, one of life and one of death; and between the two ways there is a great difference." In one of the earliest Christian references to abortion, the document says, "Do not murder a child by abortion or kill a newborn infant."

The Christian way, the way of the Church, has always been the way of freedom and life. It is the way that has in fact established the foundation of freedom for America and for the world. M. Stanton Evans establishes this point in his book The Theme is Freedom. He explains, "In the conventional history lesson, paganism is identified with the cause of liberty, Christianity with oppression." But in truth the reverse is true. Evans continues, "One Pythagorean writer expressed it: 'The monarch has an irrepressible authority (and is therefore not limited by consent); he is a living law; he is like a god among men'" (p.132, 141). The American vision was completely different, however, declaring that governments "deriv[e] their just powers from the consent of the governed" (Declaration of Independence). The dignity of the individual, created by God and given unalienable rights from Him, is a Biblical and Christian truth, not a pagan one.

Can one be a good Christian and a good American? Upon careful study, we discover that the match is much closer than anyone thought. Indeed, the Church from the beginning has nourished the very concept of "good American". With the publication of Living the Gospel of Life, that process, by which yet another generation of Americans is nourished, continues.

Discussion Questions

In the light of this paragraph, evaluate the accusation that some make that the Church is "anti-choice."

What are some of the ways that we can "choose life" each and every day?

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