Right to Life sponsors apologetics training

first_imgNotre Dame Right to Life sponsored apologetics training Monday night to teach students to defend their pro-life beliefs. Apologetics commissioner Luke McVeigh instructed participants on how to facilitate dialogue and articulate pro-life arguments.“What we aim for is to have a friendly, open dialogue with someone about it,” he said. “There’s what you say and how you say it. Obviously, it’s important to be saying the right things, but also how you say it is just as important, if not more important.” McVeigh began the training session by explaining the scientific foundations of the pro-life argument. He said it was important to establish “common ground of what the pre-born are.” “Our development is all self-based, there’s not anything that develops for us,” he said. “It’s self-directed. The mother isn’t directing the development of the child; the unborn is directing its own development.”Understanding stages of human development has become an important facet of pro-life apologetics, McVeigh said.“A lot of times, people bring up the idea of when someone becomes a person — when they have a heart, when they have a brain,” he said. “That would be true if you were talking about a car, which is constructed, and all these parts are added on. Whereas with a development, the blueprints are already there, it’s just developing and growing, like a photograph.”McVeigh said most people agree on the science of the “pre-born” and that most of the discrepancies are rooted in philosophy, specifically related to defining personhood. “Personhood is based on what we are,” he said. “It’s our substance, regardless of functionality.”Participating students brought up counterarguments they had heard which they were unsure of how to answer, such as when the pregnancy is life-threatening to the mother. McVeigh said the pro-life response has centered on the idea that directly killing another human is not acceptable.“But in a situation like an ectopic pregnancy, there are procedures that’ll kill the unborn child. In this case, we’d say it’s okay to perform the procedure to save the mother,” he said. “Unfortunately, it will inevitably end the life of the child. … If the mother died, both of them would pass away anyways.”Monday night’s training was intended to be the first part of a two-part training session for apologetics, McVeigh said. “The second session is going to be about bodily rights,” McVeigh said. “Even if we assume the fetus is a person with the right to live, there are some other arguments that people would make that says the fact that it’s inside the woman’s body gives her the right to end its life. We’ll be going into those issues in depth and explaining why it wouldn’t be okay for that to happen.” McVeigh said it was important to remain compassionate and sympathetic when engaging in discussion without compromising beliefs. “Be proud of your pro-life position,” he said. “We’re not ashamed of it; we’re happy to discuss with people about it. We have a great group here at Notre Dame, and I hope to grow it.” Tags: apologetics, Right to Lifelast_img read more

Celtics in 1st after wild week

first_imgELLSWORTH — After a week in which they gave up a monstrous individual performance and saw their top Eastern Conference competitor collapse, the Boston Celtics are in first place in the Eastern Conference.The Celtics (48-26) have beaten Washington, Indiana, Phoenix and Miami to record a four-game win streak. Against Phoenix, the team won 130-120 despite allowing 70 points — the  most of any NBA player since 2006 — to shooting guard Devin Booker. The team is at home against the Milwaukee Bucks (38-36) at 7:30 p.m. today, March 29.Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers continue to slide. Three losses in four games have left the Cavaliers a half-game behind Boston in the win column. Cleveland (47-26) faces the Chicago Bulls  (35-39) at 7 p.m. tomorrow, March 30.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Svechnikov’s hat trick leads Hurricanes past Rangers 4-1

first_imgSvechnikov’s hat trick leads Hurricanes past Rangers 4-1 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTORONTO (AP) — Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov scored three times for the first postseason hat trick in franchise history and the Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 4-1 on Monday for a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup qualifier series.The 20-year-old Svechnikov beat Henrik Lundqvist for the game’s first goal less than 5 minutes into the game. He followed with a power-play one-timer early in the second off a feed from Sami Vatanen, then buried a third at 14:02 of the third off a feed from Sebastian Aho — who assisted on all three of Svechnikov’s goals.Jordan Martinook also scored for the Hurricanes, following Svechnikov’s second goal 71 seconds later for a 3-1 lead in a sequence that put Carolina ahead for good. UP NEXTGame 3 is Tuesday night in Toronto.___For more AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports August 3, 2020center_img Associated Press Petr Mrazek added 23 saves for the Hurricanes, including big glove stops on Brett Howden and Mika Zibanejad in the first period.The Rangers had swept the regular-season series, and the Hurricanes rarely led in any of those four meetings. But the Hurricanes have yet to trail in two games in Toronto and now have a chance to sweep the best-of-5 series.Teams that have taken a 2-0 lead in a best-of-5 are 55-1 in those series, though the NHL hasn’t had one since 1986. Artemi Panarin scored for the Rangers, beating Mrazek in the closing seconds of a 5-on-3 power play midway through the first. Lundqvist finished with 30 saves, but lost for the second time in the postseason against the Hurricanes after going 3-0 against them in the regular season.NOTES: New York played without winger Jesper Fast. He left early Saturday after a hard hit from Carolina’s Brady Skjei — traded from the Rangers in February — and coach David Quinn ruled him out Sunday. … Rookie goaltender Igor Shesterkin (10-2) didn’t play for the Rangers. Quinn had been uncertain Sunday on Shesterkin’s status after he was unavailable for Game 1. … Carolina defenseman Dougie Hamilton didn’t play Monday after missing Game 1 and multiple recent practices.last_img read more