Saturday Series
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The Christian revolution

Books | And its influence on a secular historian
by Tom Holland
Posted 1/25/20, 11:09 am

In Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World, scholar Tom Holland notes that ancient Rome had no problem assigning divine status to victors, as measured by the power to crucify opponents—but to see a crucified man as God was anathema. He shows how the last-shall-be-first understanding has played out over two millennia throughout the West and then the whole world, as the cross became a symbol of courage amid adversity rather than disgrace.

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Abortion and legal minimalism

Abortion | The goal in the 19th century was to contain the killing of the unborn
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 1/18/20, 01:34 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that we lament on its Jan. 22 anniversary swept away the abortion laws of all 50 states. Those laws had not sprung up instantaneously. They were typically the product of decades of social development, discussion, and debate—and sometimes legislative wheeling and dealing as well.

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Abortion and spiritism

Abortion | The doctrine of ‘free love’ led many a married woman astray in the 19th century
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 1/11/20, 01:00 pm

Last Saturday, we examined the prostitution-abortion connection in America before the Civil War (see also “Abortion and legal minimalism”) but abortion was growing within another population group. Many observers commented about abortion among married women during the 1840s and 1850s.

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