Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The March

Just got back from the March for Life this morning. I always find it hard to summarize the March by saying anything other than:

Huge.

As for further commentary, I'd simply be duplicating the efforts of (or failing to do as good of a job as) many, many others — two of whom being Thomas Peters, a.k.a. The American Papist, whom I met yesterday at the Blogs for Life conference (his extensive coverage of the March is centered here), and Jill Stanek.

Jill notes on her blog today that she, Bryan Kemper, Ruben Obregon, Eric Scheidler, Matt Yonke, and I had a "healthy debate on NFP" last night at the Dubliner.

Healthy, indeed. In the comments section, Jill clarified, "I do believe contraception is wrong, based on Scripture. But I think NFP is often used as a nonhormonal contraceptive. That's what we were discussing last night."

I told her we'll have her brought around in no time, and threw in a link to this post from this here weblog in which I wrote at length on contraception in the context of an online debate.

I know where she's coming from, as I once had a perspective on natural family planning that was not entirely unlike hers (i.e., what is often called providentialism). I'll also have to give her a few other recommendations for cogent reading on why NFP and contraception are not. The. Same. Thing.

As I say in the "About Me" section of this blog, "I enjoy a good discussion almost as much as I enjoy a good beer." Last night I had both — and at the same time, no less!

That's one of my favorite things about the March for Life — not only is it a shot in the arm for the pro-life movement, but it's also a great opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones, and, in the process, have some truly great conversations.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

John, I totally agree! My friend Sandy said she thought Eric looked angry during our debate, and I said nooo, the debate was just very intense - and I loved it!

Yesterday Joe asked me, "So who won your debate?" And I said it wasn't about that. It was really about gaining a better understanding of God through conversation with highly intelligent and God-minded friends, including you, who I must note started it... :)

Jill

sunnyday said...

Great to hear about discussions like this! And this matter of NFP sometimes being used as a contraceptive method is a topic worth pursuing until all sides are taken up.

I hope you all strengthened the common ground you stood on by the end of the discussion. =)