The Christian Hypothesis

  • David W. FagerbergEmail author
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 111)


A Catholic approach to the abortion debates requires a certain paradoxical attitude that is challenging to maintain. On the one hand, revelation anchors us in a certainty about the sanctity of human life, about which compromise, relativization, or concession is impossible. On the other hand, Catholic anthropology says that even a person holding the diametrically opposite view on this question does not do so because he deliberately chooses something he considers evil. The doctrine of the Fall combines a sternly realistic recognition of sin with an amazingly optimistic anthropology. It does not say our appetites have been so perverted as to desire evil instead of good; it says we confuse a perfective good with an apparent good.


Rational Creature False Hypothesis Abortion Debate Divine Providence Divine Omnipotence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of TheologyUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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