Is Empathy a Sin?

In a special Christmas episode, David French and Curtis Chang talk about the ultimate act of empathy (God becoming human) and the somewhat surprising debate going on in certain corners of the evangelical church; the idea that empathy can be a sin. How far should we go to understand another’s pain? Does empathy require moral agreement? Is our empathy sometimes selective, reserved for those we agree with and withheld from those we don’t? 

David and Curtis also dig into some reader mail for a fascinating discussion of the issue of abortion and some surprising realities that may show why pro-life Christians should look beyond the mere legal rules established under Roe v. Wade.

Show Notes:

Joe Rigney: The Enticing Sin of Empathy

The French Press: The American Crisis of Selective Empathy

The French Press: Satanic Pregnancies, Explained

C.S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters (Amazon)

Kate Shellnutt: Bethlehem Baptist Leaders Clash Over ‘Coddling’ and ‘Cancel Culture’

The French Press: The Pro-Life Movement Must Transcend Politics

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