The Moral Life of Babies (And the Ideological Life of Adults) by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

An interesting post, shedding light upon the age old question of the inherent morality of human beings from infancy – a question which any parent, truth be told, knows that answer to within a few months or so as they observe direct disobedience to authoritative commands.  Mohler correctly points to these laboratory findings as that which the Bible has spoken to from the days of its divine inspiration.  Human beings are created in the image of God, and therefore, we should not be shocked to find that human beings, yes, even babies, display that moral reality (perhaps not cognitively but emotionally – and this is the state that most human beings remain in as adults).  I read a post by Patrick Schreiner last night where he quotes Augustine concerning this same sort of idea – the moral life of babies.  I think Augustine’s conclusion is right on: it is not that infants lack the will to do harm, for example, but the strength.  This is why it was imperative, even biblically commanded, that Israel, and now, the church as the people of God, should take “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” and set these words on our hearts today to this end: “you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:4-8).  God willing, our babies shall not only become those with some sort of moral sense, whether cognitively or emotionally or both, but godly offspring – those who love God completely.  May he grant us grace for this task.


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