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Is Truth True? What Makes Human Beings Valuable?

Scott Klusendorf will deliver a lecture titled "Is Truth True? What Makes Human Beings Valuable?" on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. in Walter 145. A Q&A session follows at 9 p.m.

In the eyes of modern culture, the notion of absolute right and wrong has become a thing of the past – everyone has his own truth and no one can make a statement of absolute truth or morality without being deemed a person who "imposes his (arbitrary) belief." Today's cultural tolerance pressured us to accept all ideas – even if those ideas are wrong on an absolute moral scale. Hadley Arkes, political scientist and professor of jurisprudence at Amherst College, once said, "The absence of consensus does not mean an absence of truth." This lecture will show that some choices, including abortion, are wrong and that a civil society shouldn't allow them.

Scott will make the case that there is no essential difference between the embryo you once were and the adult you are today that would justify killing you at that earlier stage of development. He will argue that humans have value simply because they are human, not because of some acquired property they may gain or lose during their lifetimes. If we deny this, it's difficult to account for fundamental human equality for anyone. Although the pro-life view is implicitly religious, it is no more religious than alternative explanations of human value. As F. Beckwith points out, everyone is asking the question "What makes humans valuable in the first place?".

Scott Klusendorf is the founder and president of Life Training Institute (LTI). Scott travels throughout the United States, Canada and Europe training groups of people to engage in the conversation about abortion. He contends that the pro-life message can compete in the marketplace of ideas if properly understood and articulated. His debate opponets have included Nadine Strossen, President of the ACLU (1991-2008), Dr. Malcolm Potts, the first International Medical Director for Planned Parenthood, Kathryn Kolbert, an attorney that has argued for abortion rights in a United States Supreme Court case, and Kathy Kneer, President of Planned Parenthood of California. Scott is the author of "The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture", released in March 2009 by Crossway Books. He coauthored "Stand for Life: A Student's Guide for Making the Case and Saving Lives", which was released in December 2012 by Hendrickson Publishers. Scott has also published articles on pro-life issues in The Christian Research Journal, Clear Thinking, and Focus on the Family Citizen. Scott is a graduate of UCLA with honors and holds a Master's Degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Scott lives in Atlanta with his wife, Stephanie, and their four children.

For more imformation about Scott's upcoming lecture, contact Sarah Welch at sw224511@ohio.edu.

Scott Klusendorf will deliver a lecture titled "Is Truth True? What Makes Human Beings Valuable?" on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. in Walter 145. A Q&A session follows at 9 p.m.

In the eyes of modern culture, the notion of absolute right and wrong has become a thing of the past – everyone has his own truth and no one can make a statement of absolute truth or morality without being deemed a person who "imposes his (arbitrary) belief." Today's cultural tolerance pressured us to accept all ideas – even if those ideas are wrong on an absolute moral scale. Hadley Arkes, political scientist and professor of jurisprudence at Amherst College, once said, "The absence of consensus does not mean an absence of truth." This lecture will show that some choices, including abortion, are wrong and that a civil society shouldn't allow them.

Scott will make the case that there is no essential difference between the embryo you once were and the adult you are today that would justify killing you at that earlier stage of development. He will argue that humans have value simply because they are human, not because of some acquired property they may gain or lose during their lifetimes. If we deny this, it's difficult to account for fundamental human equality for anyone. Although the pro-life view is implicitly religious, it is no more religious than alternative explanations of human value. As F. Beckwith points out, everyone is asking the question "What makes humans valuable in the first place?".

Scott Klusendorf is the founder and president of Life Training Institute (LTI). Scott travels throughout the United States, Canada and Europe training groups of people to engage in the conversation about abortion. He contends that the pro-life message can compete in the marketplace of ideas if properly understood and articulated. His debate opponets have included Nadine Strossen, President of the ACLU (1991-2008), Dr. Malcolm Potts, the first International Medical Director for Planned Parenthood, Kathryn Kolbert, an attorney that has argued for abortion rights in a United States Supreme Court case, and Kathy Kneer, President of Planned Parenthood of California. Scott is the author of "The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture", released in March 2009 by Crossway Books. He coauthored "Stand for Life: A Student's Guide for Making the Case and Saving Lives", which was released in December 2012 by Hendrickson Publishers. Scott has also published articles on pro-life issues in The Christian Research Journal, Clear Thinking, and Focus on the Family Citizen. Scott is a graduate of UCLA with honors and holds a Master's Degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Scott lives in Atlanta with his wife, Stephanie, and their four children.

For more imformation about Scott's upcoming lecture, contact Sarah Welch at sw224511@ohio.edu.



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Published: Sep 18, 2013