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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 9. 1ts May 1973

Pie in the Sky

Pie in the Sky

Dear Sir,

The debate over abortion shows up some significant features of the two sides. The Christians start by stressing the value of human love and sexuality. The humanists have the one as a temporary affair, other as a matter of whim or fancy, a plaything.

The Christians place ultimate value on human life as it is, because it is. No half measures. The humanists say life has a value only according to subjective criteria, one's opinion, its value being relative to many factors.

More often now one hears humanists say that the human is no more than an animal, that the person has no innate greatness or dignity. People are, therefore, to seek merely an untroubled, comfortable life.

Christians hold, however, that what we suffer in this life can never be compared to the glory which is waiting for us. Therefore they encourage people in painful, or trying circumstances to transcend themselves, to act putting others before themselves, to show the greatness that is in them.

I must admit I am frightened by the way humanists are degrading human life, the human person. They seem to be reducing our life to insignificance. It's becoming more clear on which side people will get a better deal.

Arthur McKenna.