Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Dickens Scholar: Taking a Different Angle on Pro-Life Apologetics

Arguments, debates, addresses, articles -- Vital Signs Ministries endorses all of these educational activities in the cause of the sanctity of life. We also recommend conversations over coffee, advocacy efforts, correspondence, media presentations, public demonstration, sidewalk counseling, CPC ministries, sermons, internet publication, and a lot of prayer. Indeed, we do more than recommend them; we are deeply involved in them ourselves.

But one aspect of pro-life apologetics that remains especially underdeveloped is the arts.

Therefore, we're encouraging you to consider expanding your pro-life horizons this month by seeing Bella; reading something like Randy Alcorn's Safely Home, P.D. James' Children of Men, or Malcom Muggeridge's Sentenced to Life; and thinking seriously about how the joy, the beauty, and the holy truths we champion in the pro-life movement can more generously be translated into the arts.

A easy and simple beginning could be to read through some of the brief dramas available at the Vital Signs Ministries web site. Perhaps you'd like to use them at your church or youth group as a first step in the process. I hope so.

I'll suggest as a starter "The Dickens Scholar," a short two-player drama that explores the "greater good" that comes from a patient, sacrificial act of love.