Theology and Human Nature

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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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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Complicity – The Nazi Imperative

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was confronted directly and personally with the need to face the issues of social responsibility and moral complicity engendered by the policies of the Nazi regime in his native Germany. His writings on our personal responsibility as Christians and that of the church to live true to Christ in the context of an […]

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Ensoulment and the Sacredness of Human Life

“To attain any knowledge about the soul is one of the most difficult things in the world.”1 Aristotle’s frustration has been experienced by all who have attempted to comprehend the complexities of the human soul. What it is (or even that it is), how it came to be, when its existence begins, and how it […]

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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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