Jeff at The Dawn Treader writes an insightful post on Frist and his support of Federal Funding of embryonic stem cell research:
Can you say fact-value split? Frist, like many Christians, successfully demonstrates the two story model of thinking that Francis Schaeffer taught us about (and Nancy Pearcy reminded us of). Scientific knowledge (read fact) live in the lower story, faith (read values) live in the upper story. We try to live in both stories but we can’t. At the end of the day, we act on our knowledge because it is real and faith is not. How did I get that out of this speech? Frist gave it away when he said:
“I am pro-life. I believe human life begins at conception. It is at this moment that the organism is complete — yes, immature — but complete. An embryo is nascent human life. Itâ€™s genetically distinct. And itâ€™s biologically human. Itâ€™s living. This position is consistent with my faith. But, to me, it isnâ€™t just a matter of faith. Itâ€™s a fact of science.”
Just a matter of faith? It’s a fact of science? Bingo. Fact-value split. Frist does not seem to have a clue what faith means. And it shows in his divided thinking in the speech.
I have written a number of times about Nancy Pearcey and her book Total Truth and also Francis Schaeffer. Jeff also mentions Shaeffer’s book, Whatever Happened to the Human Race? . This book was written in the early eighties by Schaeffer and Koop and, as Jeff says, was truly prophetic about the direction being taken by bioethecists.
Go read Jeff’s post. It explains with clarity how Christians too often compartmentalize their worldview from their actions.