Foundations of a Pro-Life Worldview: Whose Rules Should We Play By?

2013 NCHE Annual Conference and Book Fair
General interest to all parents
Teens and Alums

While the street-level debate over abortion rages on, a serious intellectual discussion about the foundation for human rights continues almost unnoticed. What makes humans valuable? Can secularism provide an adequate grounding for basic human rights? How do natural rights differ from merely positive (legal) ones? These questions are foundational and must be addressed persuasively lest the dehumanizing ideas of the ivory tower become true for the culture at large. In this session, Scott addresses the underlying worldview assumptions that both academic and lay people bring to debates over abortion, embryonic stem cell research and cloning and why the Christian worldview in particular does a better job accounting for intrinsically valuable human beings, fundamental human rights and objective moral rules.