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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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