Dueling Ideas of Reality


Published on December 20, 2021

WORLD Opinions

Given the very real possibility of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, progressives in California are already lobbying to make the state a safe-haven for women wanting to terminate their pregnancies.

California rarely disappoints when it comes to radical progressive overreaction, but on this matter the state is in one sense representative of the United States as a whole. Yes, the proposal is extreme and divisive; but as such it simply indicates what is going to happen when the Supreme Court decision on the Dobbs case is announced—the country will be radically divided in its response.

It is common today to hear that the United States is politically divided in a way that it has not been for many generations. Yet that claim, while arguably true, is also remarkably superficial. And responses to the Dobbs decision will demonstrate that fact.

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Carl R. Trueman taught on the faculties of the Universities of Nottingham and Aberdeen before moving to the United States in 2001 to teach at Westminster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. In 2017-18 he was the William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life in the James Madison Program at Princeton University.  Since 2018, he has served as a professor at Grove City College. He is also a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributing editor at First Things. Trueman’s latest book is the bestselling The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self. He is married with two adult children and is ordained in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.


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