A Roadmap for Assessing Articles

 

A Roadmap for Assessing Articles

by Alan Shlemon

Some Christians say their faith supports abortion. That’s what one author recently wrote. Because I’m a Christian and a proponent of the pro-life view, I was curious about her case.

After reading the article, though, I felt confused. I didn’t have a handle on her reasoning. The article felt hollow. Then, it dawned on me. There was nothing there. She didn’t provide a defense for her view. The article felt hollow because it was hollow—devoid of substantive reasoning.

I want to provide you with the steps I took to assess this article so you might have a plan to assess articles you come across, especially ones that challenge your religious convictions.

In the article, “The Argument for Abortion as a Religious Right,” the author claims the right to an abortion is protected by the freedom to exercise religion, and that Christianity “allows—and sometimes even requires—abortion.” Is that true? Or is the author mistaken? These three steps are a roadmap to help you assess an article…
 

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