The Point: The Worldview of Death

Think worldview doesn’t matter? For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Here, my friends, is the logical and utterly evil conclusion of the secularist worldview. University of Chicago biologist Jerry Coyne recently wrote the following: “If you’re allowed to abort a fetus that has a severe genetic defect, microcephaly, spina bifida, or so on, then why aren’t you able to euthanize that same fetus just after it’s born?”

“I see no substantive difference,” Coyne continued.”

Well, in a godless, random universe like Coyne believes in, humans are cosmic accidents, so there is no substantive difference in their value—in utero or out.

Coyne blames religion for resisting infanticide by seeing humans as “special.” When religion “vanishes,” he predicts, then “so will much of the opposition to both adult and newborn euthanasia.”

Well, Nazi Germany proved distinguished professor Coyne’s prediction years ago.

As offensive as they are, thinkers like Coyne are valuable: they show exactly where atheistic worldviews lead, where the culture of death comes from and what it will look like.


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  • Sam Benito

    Coyne’s logic is impeccable: If we’re allowed to abort a child before birth, there is absolutely no consistent principle to prevent us from “aborting” him/her after birth. None.

    But the corollary (dear God!) ought not be “therefore, let’s extend the madness to include aborting them after birth”, but rather “let’s outlaw all abortion because we see with newfound, wide-eyed clarity that equally, before or after they exit the womb, terminating them is nothing but cold-blooded murder.”

    • Steve

      With his logic, where would the cutoff be for post-birth “abortion”? 1 month? 1 year? 10 years?
      Until the child reaches the age of maturity?
      What would the conditions be that allowed this killing?
      Are we returning to the Roman times when children were left out to die by “exposure”?
      The Christians stepped in then and we need to step in now.