Christians & Dissenting Opinions in Adoption

Hat tip to Desiree Smolin for this link.

Journal of Christian Legal Thought

From the editor, Michael P. Schutt:

This issue of the Journal is a bit of a dissenting opinion, but I believe that it will be helpful and illuminating, regardless of which side one takes on the issues discussed. Our guest editor is Professor David Smolin, Harwell G. Davis Professor of Constitutional Law and Director of the Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. Professor Smolin, who invited the authors and developed the topic for this issue, also contributes the keystone essay. His purpose is to “demonstrate that the scriptural and theological analysis undergirding the evangelical adoption and orphan care movement is seriously erroneous.” “These errors,” he says, “produce practices that are sinful and exploitative.” Put simply, this is not the majority view among evangelicals today

Articles/Authors include:
  1. David Smolin’s Biblical & general critique of the contemporary Christian Orphan Care Movement;
  2. Two responses to David’s critique by leaders of that movement Jedd Medefind Dan Cruver;
  3. JaeRan Kim, a transracial, international adult adoptee’s, thoughts on “color-blind Christianity” as someone who grew up as a transracial, international adoptee in a white church;
  4. Reverend Mark Diebel, a transracial, international adult adoptee, writing on truthfulness and human nature in regard to both adoption and donor conception;
  5. Noted adoption historian E. Wayne Carp on a little known Christian figure, Jean Patton, who fought against the tide of the Baby Scoop era to apply the historic understanding of how to help unwed mothers and their children by keeping them together and respecting them; and
  6.  “A Mother’s Story” a heart-wrenching true-life modern narrative by an unwed mother whose baby was taken from her through the efforts a church entirely too taken with the idea of adoption.
View and download the entire issue at the link above.

5 Thoughts.

  1. I see Dan Cruver is blathering on about redemption again. It irks me totally. Real human adoption–the only kind we’re talking about here–is not redemptive in any sense. Redemption implies salvation and deliverance from sin. If adoption is redemptive, what does that make original families? It’s about as twisted a theology as you can get.

    But it’s good to see Smolin and JaeRan Kim and others.

    • Jess – Ha. Not familiar with him as I tend to avoid those that believe adoption is some gods plans or the like. I did appreciate Clara’s story, JaeRan, and I always appreciate David Smolin. Good stuff.

  2. Wow, that David Smolin is a treasure, isn’t he. This was very thought provoking. I am thrilled with his lovely introduction to Clara’s story.

    • Yes, David is a treasure. I have had the pleasure of dining with him, hearing his speak, etc. and I always enjoy his thoughts and intellect.

  3. I think that part of the romanticism of adoption in Christianity comes from the story where Moses’s mother sent him down stream to be adopted by the Queen in order to save his life. The other part of the story is actually that the birthmother went on to become Moses’s wet nurse and guardian. She didn’t blindly let him go into the oblivion. Nowhere in the Bible does it condone shaming a mother into giving up her flesh and blood. That’s all manmade.

    I’m going to read these all soon.

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