Publications and periodicals

  • The Nature and Value of Human Life

    From Office of the General Assembly

    Although the wording of the General Assembly's mandate places the matter of the nature of human life prior to that of its value, the temper of our times compels us to begin with the latter. The very list of specific issues cited by the General Assembly represents a widely shared conviction that the value of human life is being questioned, even attacked, from many quarters. We will see that the General Assembly exhibited signal wisdom in yoking the two issues of nature and value together, but it is the matter of the value of human life that needs exposition ...

  • Problem Pregnancies: Toward a Responsible Decision

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The 186th General Assembly of The United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, meeting in Louisville, Kentucky in June 1974, directed the Council on Women and the Church, in consultation with the Advisory Council on Church and Society, to explore the theological implications of abortion.

    This study follows and seeks to address expressions of continuing concern about the abortion issue noted also by the 182nd General Assembly (1970) and the 184th General Assembly (1972) in their consideration of the role and function of the State and the law regarding abortion.

  • Sexuality and the Human Community

    From Office of the General Assembly

    In 1966, the Council on Church and Society of The United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, formed a committee to study the Christian concept of sexuality in the human community and to provide the church with a report of its endeavors. Sexuality as we understand the term refers to our entire experience as persons who are created male and female and not exclusively to coital behavior. The report that follows is a brief resume of the reflections and conclusions of that committee after more than a year of meetings, discussions, and papers.

    The assignment given was this ...

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