Letter: Kavanaugh and the Bible

Published: 10/10/2018 12:01:02 AM

A recent Monitor letter defending Judge Kavanaugh ended like this: “Life begins at conception (Luke 1:39-40)”. Doesn’t that make the claim that Luke the evangelist wrote that in his gospel?

I got out the Bible my grandfather gave me as a high school graduation present. Luke, Chapter 1 verses 39-40, says that, “In the days that followed, Mary rose up and went with all haste to a town of Juda, in a hill country where Zachary dwelt; and there entering in she gave Elizabeth greeting.”

Should Judge Kavanaugh join the Supreme Court because Mary greeted Elizabeth in Zachary’s house? Neither this passage nor the larger chapter context has anything to do with ordinary human conception. It concerns what is presented as a one-time-only miracle.

There are many versions of the Bible, and I am not familiar with even a tiny fraction of them, so there may be a version where Luke says that life begins at conception. Can anyone find such a version?

That still wouldn’t make it true, of course. Nor would it, if true, have anything to do with any constitutional issue that would ever come before the Supreme Court. There are many different situations where a human life can be justifiably ended under our Constitution. If Judge Kavanaugh is unclear about this, perhaps somebody can explain it to him over a few beers.



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