Monday, September 24, 2007

Having a hard time with the Bioethics podcast

The center for bio-ethics and human dignity claims to be "Exploring the nexus of biomedicine, biotechnology, and our common humanity." It begins to state as its purpose to "equip thought leaders to engage the issues of bioethics using the tools of rigorous research, conceptual analysis, charitable critique, leading-edge publication, and effective teaching." As someone who has a concern about the ethical and social implications of the ever advancing bio-technology, I was happy to find this organization and begin to listen to their podcast.

Many of the other educational podcasts I know that address issues of bio-technology, tend to be rather technical and research oriented in their approach and mostly address the methods and techniques of technology and scientific research The ethical concerns are much more side-lined. As a consequence I very much wanted to find a podcast that approached the subject from the ethical side. The Bioethics podcast, is such a podcast.

Sofar, however, I severely put off by what podcasts I have heard in the way they stress their Christian nature. The concerns in bioethics are presented in the light of a belief in God and Christian principles. As someone who is secular and for many practical purposes, if not Jewish, certainly no Christian, I feel shut off from the subject. I am going to persist and check the content that is delivered by the CBHD. I do want to find out more about the ethical issues with advancing bio-technology and healthy reserves in the name of human dignity are necessary to keep in mind while advancing. I take those principles to be universal and would expect from the CBHD to assume the same. Even if the organization and its members find their origin and inspiration in Christianity, the universality of their enterprise should beg them to restrain to link their findings exclusively to faith in Christianity. They do not seem to actually believe for being a true ethic one needs to be Christian, but it would suit them not to create an atmosphere where that is the practical consequence of their rhetoric.
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