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God is a different kind of being than what we are. That should be obvious. But some people today want to be God, to the point of demanding to have the attributes of God. Those who are “pro-choice,” for example–that is, pro-abortion–are not content to “play God” by giving mothers the sovereign power to determine the life or death of their children. They are actually insisting that they should have the same freedom that God has.
So observed the late Lutheran (ELCA!) theologian Robert Jenson. Peter Leithart discusses insights from Jenson’s book Either/Or: The Gospel or Neopaganism (1995). In his post Pluralism, Fundamentalism, Abortion,Leithart writes:
Jenson - Claim - Advocates - Supreme - Court
Jenson highlights the astounding theological claim made by pro-choice advocates, and now enshrined in Supreme Court jurisprudence:
“Pro-life attempts to call their opponents pro-abortionists, as if being pro-abortion were worse than being pro-choice, are misguided. The decision whether or not to abort is indeed a choice uniquely important for the pregnant woman; and merely therefore it must, according to the devisers and defenders of present law, be in her individual sole discretion. That is the whole and singular argument and position, and no other considerations are allowed to count against its force. What is in fact at stake for those who demand a right to abort at will is the understanding and practice of individual choice itself as the ultimate value of life, superseding even justice and even justice in a lethal matter, if it comes to that.”
Self-parody - Planned - Parenhood - V - Casey
This reaches almost self-parody in Planned Parenhood v. Casey, in Kennedy’s famous mystical statement that liberty is “the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.”
Jenson finds the language strangely...
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