August 31, 2005

Bioethics and Human Dignity

Part of my break over the past several weeks took me to Chicago where I attended a conference on Genetic and Reproductive Ethics sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. The line up of presenters was a veritable who’s who in the field of genomic medicine and reproductive technologies. If it was ever fair to say “I heard it from the horses’ mouths,” this was such a time.

The line up included Francis Collins, founder and head of the Human Genome Project; Leon Kaas, Chairman of the President’s Counsel on Bioethics; and so many others too numerous to list. For three days, I listened to the people who are doing the genetic and reproductive research; I listened to numerous papers on subjects probably only of interest to scientific heads yet the repercussions of which have vital impact on the moral fabric of our society. What you need to know is that everyone at this conference are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and not merely because that is what they were taught from childhood.

Francis Collins shared how he was an atheist until his medical pursuits caused him more and more to question his atheism. Setting out to disprove the existence of God once for all, Collins ended up like so many throughout the ages bowing his knee to the Savior of mankind.

So when you hear the talking heads giving the impression that no intelligent person would believe in the fairytales of religion, remember they’re probably just trying to give themselves some sense of assurance.

What was clear after this conference was what I have written about frequently in the past regarding embryonic stem cell research in particular. This experimentation has been going on since 1981 and to date, there has not been one single breakthrough; not one single positive result. So when you hear the Christians being trashed—yet again—for standing in the way of “all these people being cured of just about everything if we’d only keep our morality to ourselves, know that there isn’t a shred of truth to it. You’ll be hearing more on these matters in the days of ahead.


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