The Right to Life is the most complete statement on the Orthodox teaching on the issue of abortion and the sanctity of human life. For the first time all the relevant biblical passages, the teachings of the Fathers, and the modern scientific information with a bearing on the subject is gathered in one book.
- The Teachings of the Fathers on abortion.
- The science on the life of the unborn.
- The teachings of other religions on abortion: Islam and Buddhism.
- A review of the Roman Catholic and Protestant teachings on abortion.
- The contemporary position of the Orthodox Church on abortion.
- Social and political realities in modern “abortion politics.”
- How each Orthodox Christian can relate to the issue of abortion today.
Dr. Dumitru Macaila is the assistant parish priest of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Lancaster, PA. He is a graduate of the Theological Institute at Bucharest Romania where he obtained a Master of Theology degree. Dr. Macaila was awared his Doctor of Theology from the Faculty of Orthodox Theology at the University of Bucharest, Romania and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Dr. Macaila is a regular contributer to the Orthodox Observernewspaper.
We are becoming increasingly aware that the forms of our life and art — of our modern civilization generally — have over the last few centuries been characterized by the progressive loss of precisely that sense which gives virtually all other civilizations and cultures of the world their undying luster and significance: the sense of the sacred. In fact, the concept of a completely profane world — of a cosmos wholly desacralized — is a fairly recent invention of the western mind, and only now are we beginning to realize the appalling consequences of trying to order and mould our social, personal and creative life in obedience to its dictates. It is not even too much to say that we are also beginning to realize that unless we can re-instate the sense of the sacred at the heart of all our activities there can be no hope of avoiding the cosmic catastrophe for which we are heading.
This book is an attempt to clarify what is demanded if we are to have any chance of achieving this. It examines the nature and significance of the scared itself, why the sense of its presence has been eroded from our consciousness over recent centuries, how we can re-awaken this sense, and what such a re-awakening must mean in terms of our personal and creative life. It complements the author’s Rape of Man and Nature and Human Image: World Image (both of which focus on the emergence of the thought-forms whose ascendancy has produced our present state of dereliction and chaos), affirming as it does the ever-present, timeless qualities of beauty, love and miracle through which we can be renewed and transformed, whatever the conditions of the world in which we live.
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