Re: [asa] Dualism and the rights of the unborn

From: Dave Wallace <>
Date: Tue Apr 28 2009 - 14:31:54 EDT wrote:
> And that is what brings us into a very practical, but very
> controversial, area: the rights of the unborn. Usually, the key
> question is presented as: When does human life begin? Or to be more
> specific, in the Christian context: When does the spirit begin? It
> would be easy to argue, from the above paragraph, that God must not
> imbue the body with a spirit until the mind emerges from it at some
> point of development, perhaps even after birth.
Donald M. MacKay in his book "The Clockwork Image" takes the position
that there is no one there till a certain stage of mental development
which as I recall he does not define very well. I hold a similar
position although I would be cautious of saying there was not a person
there anytime after the first few weeks of pregnancy.

Dave W

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