Vocation and Abortion

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Gene Edward Veith


The doctrine of vocation teaches that God works through human beings as they love and serve their neighbors in the family, the economy, the church, and the state. It  can thus illuminate ethical issues and serve as a guide for how Christians should live out their faith in the world.  Abortion is a repudiation of all of our God-given callings.


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Veith, Gene Edward. “Vocation and Abortion”. Verba Vitae Journal 1, no. 1-2 (March 29, 2024): 29–38. Accessed June 24, 2024. https://verba-vitae.org/index.php/vvj/article/view/3.
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Gene Edward Veith

Gene Edward Veith is a retired English professor and college administrator, most recently at Patrick Henry College and Concordia University Wisconsin. He is the author of 27 books, including God at Work and The Spirituality of the Cross. He holds the Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and currently lives in St. Louis.


For Luther’s doctrine of vocation, see Gustaf Wingren, Luther on Vocation (Evansville: Ballast Press, 1994). See also my book God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2002).

The word “economy” derives from two Greek words meaning “house” and “managing.” See Online Etymological Dictionary: https://www.etymonline.com/word/economy .

“The Third Article of the Creed,” Luther’s Small Catechism (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2017), 17.

The First Article of the Creed,” Small Catechism, 16.

“First Commandment,” Large Catechism in The Book of Concord, ed. Robert Kolb and Timothy Wengert (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000), para. 26, p. 389.

Wingren, Luther on Vocation, 124. See his full treatment of the subject on pp. 123-143.

Wingren, Luther on Vocation, 128.

See my discussion of this point in God at Work, 50-57.

Wingren, Luther on Vocation, 29.

Exposition of Psalm 127. Quoted in Wingren, Luther on Vocation, 195.

“Confession,” Small Catechism, 25.

“Office of the Keys,” Small Catechism, 27.

“Divine Service, Setting Three,” Lutheran Service Book (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2006), 185.