A Christian university named after arguably the most famous Protestant reformer in the Reformed Tradition, John Calvin, has become an icon for liberalism. Calvin University, formerly Calvin College, is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is associated with the Christian Reformed Church denomination which has its roots in the Netherlands and is largely influenced by the early twentieth-century theologian, Abraham Kuyper.
Today, The Christian Reformed Church is a full-fledged liberal denomination that boasts inclusivity and progressivism throughout its layers of organizational structure, including at Calvin U.
Calvin University is home to a number of student organizations, one of which is Sexuality and Gender Awareness (SAGA). The group boasts that it is “a peer education group of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, plus (LGBT+), and straight students who support each other and educate the campus” and holds yearly events including LGBT workshops in the dorms, “You are Loved Campaign,” and “various speakers including The Gospel Coalition contributor, Mark Yarhouse, on topics connected to sexuality and gender.”
But apparently, sexuality isn’t the only thing they’ve lost their Reformed identity in. Apparently, the school now boasts teachers who are pro-abortion.
Upset at the “radical Evangelicals” who are “gleeful” that the Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade, Kristin Kobes Du Mez, a history professor at Calvin, makes an argument that sounds exactly like Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary professor, Karen Swallow Prior. Du Mez, like Swallow Prior, appears to be upset that Evangelicals are justifying Donald Trump’s presidency by pointing to the pro-life Constitutionalists that he appointed to the Supreme Court.
The truth is, many Christian women, in fact, many Evangelical women, do procure abortions. And throughout Christian history and throughout Evangelical history, you can see that pre-Roe v. Wade, and actually pre 1970s, lates 70s, and early 80s…there were mixed views on abortion in Evangelical communities.
Very few Evangelicals would celebrate abortion, they certainly weren’t in the “shout your abortion” camp. But there was much more nuance. So 1968, Christianity Today had a special issue on abortion, and uh, the gist of it was it’s really complicated. And, it’s not a good thing, but it is sometimes a necessary thing in the case of rape, in the case of incest, in the case of the health of the mother, even. And even the Southern Baptist Convention, up until 1976, endorsed a pro-choice platform. So there is a history of seeing abortion as a complex moral issue, and sometimes the lesser of two evils.
It’s absolutely pitiful to watch those who claim to be Christians and profess the name of Christ assert such shallow and godless thoughts about the killing and murder of innocent children in the womb. De Mez, Karen Swallow Prior, and people like them demonstrate that they do not believe unborn children to have the same worth as born children. Apply Du Mez’s logic to 5-year-old children and see if she still believes the same thing. Of course, she doesn’t. Therefore, if you do not value unborn children as much as you value born children, you have no business speaking about the position of abortion from any kind of professing Christian perspective.