Thursday, March 31, 2005

The greatest good for the greatest number

L.A.Times: "The Roman Catholic Church plans to establish its first religious society devoted exclusively to fighting euthanasia and abortion, church leaders said this week."

Good for them. As the sactity of human life is more and more rejected in favor of utilitarianism and moral relativism, there will be increasing need for pro-life people to do more than sit around talking. All Christians should be giving thought to presenting a competing moral philosophy that explains why we should respect human life.

For some reason, I am suddenly reminded of the bodies found in the bogs of northwestern Europe. They are the remains of people who were ritually killed during the region's pre-Christian era. Caesar spoke of the human sacrifices perpetrated by the Gauls, then proceeded to show Roman moral suporiority by killing a million of them. As our society becomes increasingly post-Christian and even to some extent anti-Christian, we lack a rational basis for seeing any inherent worth in human life.

Quite soon a choice will have to be made as to which world is embraced: a Christian world or that of the Druids. (I am using the word "Druid" somewhat loosely here of course, but Felos' "soul communication" is vaguely pagan.) Terri Schiavo is being publicly, ritually killed. Is it possible that the dread which many of us feel at seeing this is at least partly due to vague memories of a distant past when the average person lived or died at the will of the priests, empires were forged with the sword and many who survived the process did so as literal slaves? Can it be that we have shrugged off a Christian worldview and, in our enlightened sagacity, returned to Thor, Odin, Cernunnos, Mars and Venus? Or even to Molech, who inspired his adherents to mate with abandon then kill the resultant unwanted offspring in the most barbaric manner? And how is it "sophisticated" to be numb or nonchalant toward pure evil?