Theology and Human Nature

Should We Live Forever?

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Later this week the FDA will meet with researchers to evaluate plans for a possible clinical trial that would use the drug metformin in hopes of delaying the onset of major diseases such as various cancers or heart disease. The drug is already used to treat type 2 diabetes, though researchers are optimistic that the […]

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The Trouble with Transhumanism

Transhumanism is an emerging social movement that promotes the technological enhancement of human capacities toward the end of creating a utopian era in which “post humans” will enjoy absolute morphological freedom and live for thousands of years. Most people have never heard of transhumanism, but the movement is quickly gaining respectability. It has already been […]

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Animal-Human Hybrids

Calum serves as Director of Research of the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics in Edinburgh. Crossing the species barrier is a procedure that has always fascinated humanity. In antiquity, for example, centaurs (human-horse hybrids), fauns (human-goat hybrids) and minotaurs (human-bull hybrids) were all accepted as being special and endowed with specific powers. And although they […]

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Transhumanism: 2000 Years in the Making

by David Pauls, CBC board of directors Examination of the underlying philosophy to remake the human person exhibits qualities that are as old as the Greeks. Disdain for the body, the quest for hidden knowledge, and the goal to lead others to a higher plane of existence all smack of ancient Gnosticism, an idea that […]

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Living Souls

As a foundation for engaging with bioethical issues, it’s helpful to consider who and what we are as human beings. And because human persons are the subjects and objects of morality, how we understand our nature greatly determines how we understand the moral boundaries and standards for treating each other and ourselves. The reality of […]

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When is a Person not a Person?

As one starts to look at the ongoing debates in bioethics, there seems to be a cacophony of voices and positions being broadcast with little common ground or basis heard. But once you scratch the surface of the various positions and statements, they all are based on a foundation of what it means to be […]

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Becoming Good by David Gill

David W. Gill Ph.D., Becoming Good. Becoming good is not simply a matter of a few dos and dont’s. In fact we can’t begin to do the right things until we have built an adequate foundation. This is precisely what David Gill sets out to help us do. Price $15.50 includes shipping & handling Book […]

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Cultural Velocity

An influential and astute philosopher once mused, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Of course I quote not Aristotle, nor Kant, nor Wittgenstein, but the illustrious Ferris Bueller . This was his conclusion after taking a day off. Our 1980’s high school […]

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The Issue of Our Time

I strongly believe that the morality and ethics of the Twenty-First Century will depend on how individuals and societies answer this question: Does life have ultimate value simply and merely because it is human? If the answer is yes, then we can grapple with the many bioethical challenges of modern society, while retaining our moral […]

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Learning From Ramsey

I’m honored to receive this award ヨ and especially gratified to receive an award named in Paul Ramsey’s memory. As I thought about what I should say here this evening, it seemed to me that I might, in fact, begin by saying a little about Paul Ramsey. We can see, then, whether there is any […]

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The Faces of Wilma

About a month ago I wrote a piece on the alleged mercy killing of patients in New Orleans during hurricane Katrina. As the weeks unfold, it appears there may be some merit to these allegations, and Louisiana’s attorney general has called for a complete investigation of the facts surrounding the possible euthanasia of critically ill […]

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Therapy vs. Enhancement: The Problem posed by Anti-Aging Technologies

Awareness of one’s own aging and the ability to reflect upon one’s own death may be uniquely human. Hair loss, diminishment in bone and muscle mass, osteoporosis, increasing susceptibility to cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, Parkinson’s and a host of other age-related maladies speak uneasily of the coming of one’s own death. However, recent advancements in the […]

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Book Review of ‘More than Human’ by Ramez Naam

(from the dcexaminer.com) Amid the hubbub over human cloning and embryonic stem cell research, futurists are already advocating that we harness biotechnology not just to “heal,” but to “seize control” of human evolution. Their goal? Literally, the creation of a post-human race, a process often called “transhumanism.” The authors of previous transhumanist books urge that […]

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SALT FOR 2003

It’s hard to underestimate the task that we face. From a standing start in 1997, when the Dolly cloning announcement took a shocked world by storm, our civilization has begun to awaken from a dreadful slumber. The unbelievable power of the new biotechnology to re-shape human life itself is slowly dawning on our perception. Our […]

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Life Extension: ‘From Legend to Laboratory’1

Recent advances in genetic engineering and molecular biology have demonstrated that inroads have been made against the ultimate adversary, death. With the continuing advances in genetic technology, science has turned its attention to the idea of extending the maximum human lifespan. Life spans have already been extended in yeast, roundworms, fruit flies, and mice via […]

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The Birth of Bioethics: Who is Paul Ramsey?

The Birth of Bioethics: Who is Paul Ramsey? (by Albert R. Jonsen, 2001 from the preface to the second edition of Paul Ramsey’s ground breaking book The Patient as Person) The first edition of The Patient as Person appeared in 1970. The book was the published form of the Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale University, […]

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Grounds for Dignity

See the label for our special in-house roasted coffee, “The Human Bean Blend: Grounds for Dignity.” Donate to CBC and we’ll send you a sample (see more at bottom of article) For you coffee buffs out there, you may have heard that Starbucks is running a campaign called, “The Way I See It“. Starbucks states […]

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Complicity – Scripture Shows What’s Right

The Old Testament brings us a number of examples of complicity. Sarah was complicit in the deception of Pharaoh, tricking him into believing she was not married (Gen. 12). Rebekah was an active accomplice with Jacob in the deception of Isaac in order to gain his blessing (Gen. 25). The elders and nobles of Naboth’s […]

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