by Bethany Kerr, to give us a break from the daily grind…
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Various pagan authors describe children as being more like plants than human beings. And this had concrete consequences.
Well-to-do parents typically did not interact with their children, leaving them up to the care of slaves. Children were rudely brought up, and very strong beatings were a normal part of education. In Rome, a child’s father had the right to kill him for whatever reason until he came of age.
One of the most notorious ancient practices that Christianity rebelled against was the frequent practice of expositio, basically the abandonment of unwanted infants….
This is the world into which Christianity came, condemning abortion and infanticide as loudly and as early as it could.
~ Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week, April 23