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“
- David Smolin’s Biblical & general critique of the contemporary Christian Orphan Care Movement;
- Two responses to David’s critique by leaders of that movement Jedd Medefind Dan Cruver;
- 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;
- Reverend Mark Diebel, a transracial, international adult adoptee, writing on truthfulness and human nature in regard to both adoption and donor conception;
- 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
- ”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.