Infanticide in a World without Christianity

In his book “Unimaginable: What the World Would Be Like Without Christianity.” Jeremiah Johnston tells the story of the Roman citizen Hilarion, who instructs his pregnant wife what to do when their child is born: “If it is a boy, keep it; if it is a girl, throw it out.”  As Johnston tells us, “…in the first-century Roman world . . . killing an unwanted child was no big deal.” The philosopher Seneca wrote: “Unnatural progeny we destroy; we drown even children who at birth are weak or abnormal.”  Into this world came Christianity, whose teaching and practice was 180 degrees from that of contemporary society. The early second century Christian document known as “the “Didache” told Christians, “Do not murder a child by abortion, nor kill it at birth.”  Read more: