Listening to the Transhumanists

Frustration with the human condition has led many mortals astray. Indeed, the primal temptation that came to Adam and Eve in the garden was, in essence, to escape their own creaturely finitude and grasp after knowledge that had been forbidden them. Thus, by eating the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve effectively redefined humanity, now “knowing the difference between good and evil.” Efforts to transcend the natural limits of human life and experience are regular features of ancient mythologies and modern literature. Strangely enough, ideas and proposals once limited to the world of science fiction are now taken seriously in some scientific circles. If you demand evidence for that assertion, just consider the “Human Enhancement Technologies and Human Rights” conference, held May 26-28 at the Stanford Law School.

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The Illusion of Addiction?

“Heroin doesn’t hook people; rather, people hook heroin.” Theodore Dalrymple, a psychiatrist and skilled essayist, has written an important article on the illusion of addiction.…

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Humans in the Zoo–A Perfect Parable of Confusion

“There are one hundred and ninety-three living species of monkeys and apes. One hundred and ninety-two of them are covered with hair. The exception is a naked ape self-named Homo sapiens.” Zoologist Desmond Morris launched something of a revolution with those words and the book in which they are found, The Naked Ape. Today, Dr. Mohler makes the case that human beings are far from being just another animal.

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Christian Morality and Test Tube Babies, Part Two

Controversy over issues of contraception, birth control, and reproductive technologies continues to build, even as new technologies and issues quickly appear. Questions of human reproduction inevitably define what it means to be human, and the moral issues which arise in connection with sex and reproduction are among the most divisive controversies of our time. By request, here is Part Two of Dr. Mohler’s analysis of in vitro fertilization technologies [IVF], based in a Christian worldview framework.

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Christian Morality and Test Tube Babies, Part One

Controversy over issues of contraception, birth control, and reproductive technologies continues to build, even as new technologies and issues quickly appear. Questions of human reproduction inevitably define what it means to be human, and the moral issues which arise in connection with sex and reproduction are among the most divisive controversies of our time. By request, here is Dr. Mohler's analysis of in vitro fertilization technologies [IVF], based in a Christian worldview framework. Part One appears today, and Part Two will appear Friday.

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Would Scientists Lie?

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports today that a large percentage of research scientists admit to fabricating or manipulating data because of a sense of…

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Are All Lives Worth Living? A Dangerous Idea Moves Front and Center

Just six years after the New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed the sanctity of human life, the U. S. Supreme Court would hand down the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, legalizing abortion. With that sweeping decision, everything changed. As attorney Jay Webber explains, “The Roe opinion completely reshaped legal views of the unborn, however, and soon thereafter the New Jersey Supremes were singing a different tune. In 1979, that court became the first to recognize the torts of wrongful birth. In light of Roe, the Court said that eugenic considerations in fact did control decisions regarding the birth of a child.”

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The Big Business of Making Babies

The Brave New World we now experience is filled with a myriad of moral dilemmas–and none demands more urgent attention than those related to human reproduction and the massive technological advances that are related to human fertility and babies.

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