Kingdom of Priests

The news that babies in the womb can hear and enjoy music leads Chuck Colson to a helpful formulation: “worldview-induced blindness.” A PBS documentary, The Music Instinct: Science & Song, notes and demonstrates this amazing fact about unborn children but the documentarians totally miss its significance for abortion. Surprised? Writes Colson, who is almost unfailingly enlightening in his daily BreakPoint commentaries (subscribe here):

Perhaps understandably, the connection between fetal responses to music and abortion weren’t mentioned in the show. What is not so understandable is that the program’s website contains no mention of [USC professor] Woodward and her findings. It’s as if someone realized the implications and hoped nobody would notice.

I don’t think that there’s some kind of conspiracy afoot. I just think that the PBS people’s worldview won’t allow them to make the obvious connection. Abortion on demand is only possible if people minimize the similarities between the fetus and us.

Worldview, how you think about the way the world works, can cause you totally to miss such astounding revelations. If such a thing were pointed out to someone whose worldview precludes recognizing or understanding it, he would profess, and sincerely feel, bafflement. Or he would respond with mockery and outrage.
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