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Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life Issues Paperback – October 1, 2011
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I kept going, though. It was too good not to. (I just couldn't read it, at first, at night-it was too easy to give up.)
I have no background with a classical education in the liberal arts. Until recently, I didn't see the need for it.
Though I love to read, I didn't get the reason for immersing myself in the classics and going back to read and study ancient texts. Don't we all just need a trade and a skill set? Isn't that what education is for?
I'm beginning to see that the root for the common wisdom that "if we don't know and understand history, we will have to repeat it" comes from a firm grounding in understanding things like philosophy. In order to know and understand history, I need to study things that are very old and that require a different mindset.
Spitzer's book is not easy reading, but it is, I believe, very necessary, especially if you want to understand the logic and the true horror of our non-logic in the culture of death that we're living in right now.
The subtitle of this book might make you think that it's focused only on abortion. (That's what I thought, anyway.) Wrong! Instead, what Spitzer does in this book is give a tutorial of sorts on ten principles that he calls universal.
They are universal because they are at the foundation of ethics and form the basis of our country. When our founding fathers wrote the documents that are at the core of who we believe we are, they took these principles for granted. So did their contemporaries, as a matter of fact.Read more ›
Ten Universal Principles (Ignatius Press, 2011)--accessible to anyone, written for everyone--serves multiple didactic purposes for Spitzer. It would be a great introductory philosophy text for epistemological and ethical ideas. It strengthens pro-lifers for debate, teaching them--and those on the fence--how to reason about life issues. Finally, in informing minds and winning hearts it will save lives.
Spitzer lays the philosophical framework for unborn rights through three principles of reason, pointing to verifiable research proving the zygote possesses a full human genome. Through three ethical principles, Spitzer emphasizes the Silver Rule, and why arguing that the unborn child has incomplete personhood is essentially the same argument made for enslaving the New World Indians. Through three natural rights principles, Spitzer unveils the court's folly in looking toward the Constitution (i.e., the wrong place) for inalienable rights, leaving the reader sizzling with similar indignation over Roe and Dred Scott. In the tenth principle, the Golden Rule, Spitzer relates the life issues to happiness, observing how our culture sacrifices "pervasive, enduring, deep" happiness for immediate gratification.
To my knowledge, there exists in print no refutation of the pro-abortion mind-set as solidly incontrovertible as Spitzer's. This book will transform dialogue between pro-lifers and their pro-abortion counterparts for years to come.
I learned a lot. I highlighted a lot. I found myself on dictionary.com a lot. But it was all worth it. I definitely recommend this book; I'll be buying it for my girlfriend.
P.S. p.65 is my favorite!
From experience, I have found that just going the religious route of persuasion in our secular world doesn't work. People--even Catholics, immediately just tune out your words as the spewings of a religious fanatic. However, using the principles of reason, ethics, justice and natural rights, and identity and culture to prove the point leads to a much more reasoned and intelligent discussions.
I am not an educated person so I also appreciated the text within the parentheses that is added throughout the book. It helps me understand more fully the points Fr. Spitzer is making.
I'll be re-reading the book to cement the principles in my mind. An outstanding read!!!
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This is the book that will get our country and our world back on the right track!Published 8 months ago by Angie
Fr. Spitzer does more for clear thinking in this short book than all the college philosophy classes I took combined; the readings for those classes would easily total to more than... Read morePublished 8 months ago by David W. Riemer
Most coherent, precise, well thought out and researched, easy-to-read book I've seen on basic human principles, and the farce that the Supreme Court promulgated on the American... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Carol Miller
Father Spitzer has an amazing ability to pack a lot of thought into a small space. Everything about this book is so beautifully ordered, so logically written, and so complete, it... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stephen Hitchings
Very clear walkthrough of the logical basis for Pro-life issues.Published 14 months ago by Christopher Aleshire
Excellent companion to the EWTN series "In Search of God's Likeness."Published 17 months ago by sedonaman