When Does The Person Begin?
"Each One of Us is an
Icon of the Beginning
Written by Francis Etheredge
Be Open to Life:
a theology of the body
Part I: What led to this investigation of the beginning of human life?
The debt of the precept,
be open to life
by Pope Paul VI
My debt to
by Pope John Paul II
Activity follows, that is manifests, being just as mission accomplishes vocation
A spirituality of being open to life
The Christo-trinitarian significance of this 'openess?'
The Social and inseparably Eschatological Dimension
of being open to life
Part II: Finding a place to begin
The call for an "integral" vision of man
The modern context of the call for an integral vision of man
Towards an integral vision of man
Human thought follows the
of a faith-fact
Just as the existence of God is 'before' the existence of creation, so the truth about God is 'prior' to truth about creation
What is the significance of this for the individual person?
God is "the beginning" without beginning
A theory of knowledge
The truthful naming of a thing reveals what that thing is
The unity in diversity of Scripture, 'mirrors' the unity in diversity in God
God is the 'archetypal form' of being
The first principle of being is therefore 'unity-in-diversity'
A definition of an 'integral vision' of man
Man is made in the image of God
The beginning of an integral vision of man
A particular debt to St. Thomas Aquinas
A general note
St. Thomas Aquinas: esp.
Part III: What does the Church say 'today' about the moment of our beginning?
An overview of Pope John Paul II
A development of doctrine?
The natural law
Does a personal human life exist from conception?
Part IV: What does Scripture say about our beginning?
The Blessed Trinity is our
St Augustine on the use of Scripture
The lens of Scripture
'The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed'
The Litany of the Incarnation
The 'Word became flesh'
The dogma of the Immaculate Conception
The help of the doctrine of original sin
Scripture says: 'In the beginning'
A philosophical look at the question of a beginning
A Theological look at the question of our beginning
A further note on the interpretation of Scripture
In the beginning
The difference necessary to dialogue
Biblical texts on the beginning of human life
The creation of man
The origin of man in the context of original sin
The woman's perception of conception
The narrator's perception of conception in what is otherwise called
The First Book of Moses
The significance of blood
Where is the creation of the soul in all this?
The soul is as it were hidden
A second difficulty
The help of Aristotle
A note on language
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance
General observations on Psalm 139
Particular observations on Psalm 139
Part V: How does philosophy help us to understand the moment of our beginning?
Unity in Diversity:
a definition of being
A contemporary discussion
The contribution of Pope John Paul II
A template of human being
A synthesis: 'the burning coal'
The first of three objections
A second objection
A third objection
Questions have answers
A working definition of terms
The body is male or female
The act of creation is a personal act
The transmission of life at the origin of the body
Continuity and discontinuity
The human body
Parts of a whole
A hierarchical or a chronological order?
The essence of a thing
The making of things
The human form
First matter and Form
Are 'forms' intelligent?
A note on evolution
The one in three 'form' of life
One or many 'forms' to the human being?
Facts and difficulties
A summary of the arguments for the existence of the soul from conception
A summary of the arguments against the theory of an evolutionary development from one kind of being to another
A warning from Mother Teresa: Abortion leads to Nuclear War
The blessing of life
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