Culture of life

“Culture of life” is an expression that seeks to summarize a line of thought, typical of the Catholic religion and other religious denominations, regarding human life, according to which it must be respected from conception in the womb until The natural death . In such a way, the culture of life is contrary to the practices they consider destructive of human life, such as embryonic stem cell research , abortion , euthanasia , contraception , homicide , suicide and war . This culture has usually been contrasted by political and religious personalities with the so-called ” culture of death “. As such, this expression is used by politicians, philosophers and theologians to encompass their ethical thinking on these issues without having to explain them one by one.


The expression owes its origin to Pope John Paul II , who used it for the first time on a tour of the United States in 1993 . Speaking to reporters at Stapleton International Airport near Denver , Colorado , the Pope denounced abortion and euthanasia, saying that “the culture of life means respecting nature and protecting the work created by God. , Means to respect human life from the first moment of conception to its natural end. ” Cardinal Bernard Law reiterated the theme by telling Americans to “make known the culture of life over the culture of death.”

In our current social context, marked by a dramatic struggle between the culture of life and the culture of death, we need to develop a deep critical sense capable of discerning true values ​​and genuine needs.


  • From Marco, Donald; Wiker, Benjamin D. (2007). Architects of the culture of death . Citadel Books. ISBN  978-84-96836-04-4 .