Pastor Fritz Foltz

Pastor Foltz is Pastor Emeritus of Saint James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg, PA and author of the the Frontline Study content.

Lesson 12: Conclusion (Part 1)

Lesson 12: Conclusion (Part 1)

Looking back over this series, it is evident that abortion has become the focus of society’s struggle with modern technology. The most evident form this has taken is through the “Make America Great Again”(MAGA) movement. However, there are all sorts of reactions to the way technology has challenged traditional values. Many conservative Churches describe it […]

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Lesson 8: The Freedom of Religion Argument (Part 2)

Lesson 8: The Freedom of Religion Argument (Part 2)

I ended last week questioning whether the abortion issue should be a matter of civil law at all. It could be argued that passing laws that support either position imposes religious teaching on the other. In that sense, it breaks the first amendment that grants minorities the freedom to practice the faith of their choice. […]

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Lesson 7: The Freedom of Religion Argument (Part 1)

Lesson 7: The Freedom of Religion Argument (Part 1)

Freedom of Religion has been associated with the abortion issue from the very beginning. Both sides use the First Amendment to support their positions. It began with Pro-Life advocates claiming they were denied freedom when they were forced to act against their beliefs. The often-used example was a Roman Catholic doctor or nurse forced to […]

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Lesson 6: A Critique of Pro-Choice Arguments (Part 2) – Women’s Rights.

Lesson 6: A Critique of Pro-Choice Arguments (Part 2) – Women’s Rights.

Last week I suggested Pro-Choice adherents appeal to real-life experiences and women’s rights. Over and over, I read women claiming that Roe gave women rights that the Supreme Court removed. Sometimes the rights are spelled out with regard to “My Body, My Choice,” meaning the issue concerns the woman’s person so they have the right […]

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Lesson 5: Critique of Pro-Choice Arguments (Part 1) – Situation

Lesson 5: Critique of Pro-Choice Arguments (Part 1) – Situation

When I read Pro-Choice supporters, I do not find involved philosophical or public policy arguments. Instead, the writers appeal to real-life experiences, especially those that involve themselves, their families, or their friends. The issue is personal and emotional as they tell stories of abortion being available to women in need. They also refer to women’s […]

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Lesson 4: A Critique of the Pro-Life Argument (Part 2)

Lesson 4: A Critique of the Pro-Life Argument (Part 2)

Last week, I suggested the Po-Life argument makes me feel I am engaged in an abstract, academic, moral dissertation rather than an attempt to solve a real-life human problem. I find resorting to moral absolutes represents Kant more than Jesus. And I wince whenever advocates preclude intelligent conversation by claiming it leads to an inevitable […]

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Lesson 3: A Critique of the Pro-Life Argument (Part1)

Lesson 3: A Critique of the Pro-Life Argument (Part1)

A Pro-Choice woman’s claim, “My body, my decision,” is hardly a complete ethical argument. Like many moral decisions we make in real life, it maintains that there is nothing better. In that sense, it is a rejection of the Pro-Life propositions. That means we should examine closely what those are. The most cogent presentation I […]

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Lesson 2: Let’s Start with Jesus

Lesson 2: Let’s Start with Jesus

It’s pretty obvious abortion is the main issue dividing the Church in our time. The Body of Christ is split apart over a question that people acknowledge Jesus himself never addressed. This omission indicates that first-century people did not see it as a major problem. However, it also invites us to imagine how Jesus might […]

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Lesson 1: “The Church“ and Abortion

Lesson 1: “The Church“ and Abortion

“I decided to begin our series on abortion with an article written by Michael Cooper-White, the president emeritus of United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg and director of Lutheran Formation at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He also reports for the Gettysburg Times and published this piece on July 11, 2022. It is not […]

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Asking Too Much of Christianity?

Asking Too Much of Christianity?

Paul suggested I do a few sessions on abortion. I’ll start next week. In the meantime, I decided to use the following Facebook post by Kerry Walters as a transition. Kerry was a very respected and beloved philosophy professor at Gettysburg College. In his retirement, he serves as the pastor of the Holy Spirit Parish […]

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