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The Bioethics of Bethlehem

November 27, 2006

As we enter Advent, it may be worth pausing in our mad seasonal rush to reflect on the significance of Emmanuel, or “God with us,” from Matthew 1:23. For Christians, this means that God sent His Son in human form, to save mankind from sin and condemnation. Yet we seldom... View Article

DNA as Destiny?

November 22, 2006

Since the completion of the Human Genome Project, there seems to be a growing sense that everything, including our behavior, can be explained by our genes. According to this idea, there’s a gene (or genes) for addiction, for sexual orientation, even for altruism. Now that we know the human genetic... View Article

Abandoning the Prime Directive?

November 7, 2006

In his Epidemics, the great healer Hippocrates gave this advice: ‘As to diseases, make a habit of two things — to help, or at least to do no harm.’ The Roman physician Galen said it more compactly, as ‘primum non nocere,’ meaning, ‘first of all, do no harm.’ Since the... View Article

Brave New Fathers

November 2, 2006

As a follow-up to Aaron’s blog last week about reproductive tech, I came across an article in the LA Times. The story raises profoundly disturbing questions about how society views reproduction and having babies, and crosses the line into the chilling realm of eugenics. The news article starts out with... View Article