Bioethics Archive

Genetic Technology

Summary Even scientists were shocked when researchers in Scotland recently disclosed the successful cloning of a mammal. Leaders from around the world were quick to recognize the clear implications for human rights. If a lamb can be cloned, then the door is open to clone humans. But cloning is just one further advance in presently […]

Steven Pinker’s Evolutionary “Explanation” of Infanticide

Summary MIT psychology professor Steven Pinker recently wrote a New York Times Magazine article in which he claimed that legal prohibitions against infanticide were difficult to defend. He reached his provocative conclusion using the methods and assumptions of a currently stylish academic discipline broadly known as “evolutionary psychology.” A close examination of his argument shows […]

Is there a Difference between Suicide and Martyrdom?

Summary Studies of suicide typically classify martyrdom as suicide. This, coupled with theological and historical ignorance, results in depictions of early Christians as morbidly obsessed with death and prone to take their own lives if unable to provoke pagans to kill them. This position is reflected in a Michigan judge’s recent ruling in the case […]

Euthanasia Arguments

In Part One of this series I examined two central aspects of the euthanasia debate. First, several important background concepts in ethical theory were explained. Second, the main features of the libertarian and traditional views of euthanasia were set forth. The libertarian view, advocated by philosopher James Rachels, states that there is no morally relevant […]

Views on Euthanasia

The following is an excerpt from article DE197-1 from the Christian Research Journal. The full article can be viewed by following the link below the excerpt. TWO VIEWS ABOUT THE MORALITY OF EUTHANASIA Views on Euthanasia- The Libertarian View The libertarian view is a minority position among current moral philosophers and theologians, but it nevertheless […]

What Is Euthanasia?

The following is an excerpt from article DE197-1 from the Christian Research Journal. The full article can be read by following the link below the excerpt. What Is Euthanasia- The Definition of Euthanasia There are two different uses of the term “euthanasia.” The first is sometimes called the “narrow construal of euthanasia.” On this view […]

What Are Some Key Bioethical Principles Involved in Euthanasia Debates?

The following is an excerpt from article DE197-1 from the Christian Research Journal. The full article can be read by following the link below the excerpt. Key Bioethical Principles There are a number of ethical principles that are deontological in nature, are part of the natural moral law, and relevant to the kinds of dilemmas […]

Ethics Theories: Utilitarianism Vs. Deontological Ethics

The following is an excerpt from article DE197-1 from the Christian Research Institute. The full pdf can be viewed by clicking here. Ethics Theories- Utilitarianism Vs. Deontological Ethics There are two major ethics theories that attempt to specify and justify moral rules and principles: utilitarianism and deontological ethics. Utilitarianism (also called consequentialism) is a moral […]

What Is Natural Moral Law

The following is an excerpt from article DE197-1 of the Christian Research Journal. The full pdf can be downloaded by following the link below the article. Natural Moral Law- What IsNatural Moral Law? How should a Christian approach moral issues in a pluralistic culture? Should he or she try to work for a Christian state […]

Should Christians Use Birth Control?

Summary Christian couples are pulled in different directions by people, movements, and circumstances on the issue of whether to have children. Some believe that no birth control should be used, whereas others maintain that a couple may properly choose never to have children at all. Most stand somewhere in the middle. The secular birth control […]