COVID vaccine: A reasonable argument for a religious exemption

09/25/2021

A relevant question regarding the COVID-19 vaccines is whether or not it is reasonable to apply for a religious exemption simply because the vaccine may have, at some point in its development, utilized parts of an aborted baby. In order to arrive at my answer, please follow me through a brief theological discussion to its practical application. Dostoevsky's illustration becomes a useful analogy in our contemporary scenario in which we might be asked to participate in receiving a potentially advantageous vaccine that has been created at the expense of an aborted baby. Supposing that we could entirely eradicate COVID-19, if but only one baby had to be ripped apart to achieve this end, would the end justify the means?

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