Theology and Human Nature

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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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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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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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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