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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Book Review: Human Genetics: Fabricating the Future

Few authors are able to bring major themes in genetics and Christian ethics together in so short a work without coming off as either pedantic, pretentious, or so vague so as to render a book of little use. Robert Song has attempted this tenuous and difficult task in the Ethics and Theology Series, and succeeded. […]

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Forget Bioethics; Aren’t Bioethicists the Problem?

There’s never been a political campaign yet in which politicians haven’t spent their time toggling between hyping their would-be personality cults (even Gray Davis, though it may seem to be personality-in-absentia), and piously declaring that the campaign is about issues not people. It’s not quite the same with bioethics and its bioethicists (how many of […]

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Open Your Eyes to the Bioethics Revolution

It’s clear that bioethical issues have seized the attention of hospitals and biotech corporations-anywhere organizational ethics committees gather. And universities-not just medical schools-hire bioethics specialists to teach; while politicians and government leaders battle over legislation that attempts to translate its lawful practices into our lives. Meanwhile, the media conveys its own translation of what these […]

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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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Violating Human Dignity

Atlanta Falcons football star Michael Vick pleaded guilty to participating in a dog fighting /gambling ring, almost certainly ending his NFL career. Vick’s indictment was the scandal of the summer – and for good reason: In a throwback to the brutality of the Roman arena, in which wild animals were forced to fight and kill […]

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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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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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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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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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Learning From Ramsey

I’m honored to receive this award οΎ– 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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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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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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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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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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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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Techno-Sapian Conference Opens Crucial Dialogue

Too often people with differing moral beliefs talk past each other rather than to each other. This tendency leads all too easily to the demonization of advocates on the “other side” of societal debates as well as profound misunderstandings of differing perspectives and goals. Such polarization not only poisons the political atmosphere but also threatens […]

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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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