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What biblical and church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion?

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Religious Studies Coursework a) What is meant by the word i)'abortion' The premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb. ii) What biblical and church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion? Many people believe different thing about abortion and the issue of abortion has caused much conflict for many years. All Christians believe that life is a sacred gift from God but disagreements exist between the churches over weather abortion is morally acceptable. The Church of England believes that 'although the foetus is to be specially respected and protected, nonetheless the life of the foetus is not absolutely sacrosanct if it endangers the life of its mother'. ...read more.

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Therefore to abort a foetus is to break the commandment 'thou shalt not kill'. There are groups that work to make Abortion illegal; these are pro-life groups such as LIFE and SPUC, they believe that abortion is morally wrong no matter what and it should be considered murderous to terminate a pregnancy. There are also pro-choice groups such as the national abortion campaign, which believe that abortion should be legal and it is the choice of the mother weather she wants to terminate her pregnancy or have the baby. On the subject of 'having children' God told his people that they should multiply he said "Be fruitful and increase, fill the earth" (Genesis 1:28). ...read more.

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Throughout his ministry Jesus consistently demonstrated that healing was central to the kingdom of God. Jesus healed the sick so that they would have a better quality of life. He cast out demons and made people whole but he never ended a life. In the gospel of John chapter 1 Jesus is presented as the incarnation or embodiment of God; he is the word of God made flesh. Christians believe therefore that in the life of Jesus God has entered human experience in the form of Jesus of Nazareth. The human physical body therefore is the vehicle through which the divine is made real in the world. Christianity therefore has a strong materialistic dimension to it; flesh and blood are the mechanisms through which God is known. The body, and its sacredness, prohibit the premature ending of life. Victoria Kirk 5PR RS Coursework ...read more.

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