Theology and Human Nature

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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Complicity – Scripture Shows What’s Wrong

This month we turn to the teachings and examples of the Word of God to look for the light it would shed on issues of complicity. Although no one passage addresses the topic of complicity in detail, there are some commandments in Mosaic Law that provide insight into God’s perspective on the topic. Leviticus 20:4-5 […]

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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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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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Moral Complicity – A Christian Perspective

The issues facing our society today are filled with complexities that often make it difficult to formulate a clear and pure Christian position. The interweaving of theological, political, and economic considerations, as well as a staggering level of social interconnectedness, often leave us in the precarious position of tacitly approving or even encouraging actions and […]

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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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The Right Questions by Philip E. Johnson

Phillip E. Johnson, The Right Questions. Phil Johnson’s latest book — an all-purpose book dealing with the Human Genome Project, higher education, terrorism, and much more. Price $18.50 includes shipping & handling Book Review by Kevin Peet, fellow of the CBC Phillip Johnson is a most accomplished man: former law professor at UC Berkeley, a […]

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Advances in biological science raise troubling questions about what it means to be human

(for sfgate.com) “By the end of the 21st century,” writes Reason magazine science editor Ronald Bailey in his book “Liberation Biology,” “the typical American may attend a family reunion in which five generations are playing together. And great-great-great grandma, at 150 years old, will be as vital … as her 30-year-old great-great grandson with whom […]

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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 – The Voice of Christian Thinkers from the Past

As we look back into history, we find few writings that directly address the topic of moral complicity. On the other hand, deep intellectual and spiritual wrestling with the responsibilities of the individual Christian in relation to the societal issues of his or her day can be described as the mark of the great Christian […]

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