Bioethics @ TIU

The death and resurrection of Jesus and how we view death

Posted March 28th, 2018 by Steve Phillips

This is the week when we who are Christians particularly focus on the death and resurrection of Jesus. As I have been reflecting on this I have been thinking about how Jesus’ death and resurrection impact how I think about bioethics. I think that the largest impact is on how I think about death. Whether we realize it or not, much of bioethics is impacted… // Read More »

Reviewing the ethics of paying human research subjects

Posted February 22nd, 2018 by Jon Holmlund

Sometimes it is both necessary and proper to pay a person to participate in a clinical trial, of a drug or some other medical intervention, or a data-collection study, or something else that involves people.  An article in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine reviews many of the relevant ethical issues. A link to the article is here.  Correction to initial post:  subscription or… // Read More »

The self-evident superiority of objective moral truth

Posted January 3rd, 2018 by Steve Phillips

We live in a culture in which moral relativism, or what some would call moral individualism, seems very inviting to many. This is not a new thing. Twice in the book of Judges the writer says about the people of Israel that “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 17:6 and 21:25) This happened to Israel because they, like us, were fallen… // Read More »

Is Medical Artificial Intelligence Ethically Neutral?

Posted November 7th, 2017 by Mark McQuain

Will Knight has written several articles over this past year in MIT’s flagship journal Technology Review that have discussed growing concerns in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that may be of concern for bioethicists. The first concern is in the area of bias. In an article entitled “Forget Killer Robots – Bias is the Real AI Danger”, Knight provides real world examples of this… // Read More »

The reformation, sexuality, and the body

Posted November 1st, 2017 by Steve Phillips

In honor of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the reformation I have been reading the new biography of Martin Luther by Eric Metaxas. One of the things that caught my interest was the role the theology of the human body played in the reformation. That is something that significantly impacts Christian bioethics. The 95 theses that Luther posted for academic debate 500 years… // Read More »

Common ground in ethical debates

Posted July 26th, 2017 by Steve Phillips

On 7/10/17, Janie Valentine posted a review of the new book, Why People Matter, edited by John Kilner. Recently while I was on vacation I had the chance to read it and found the basic concept of the book very interesting. It begins with the idea that people on opposite sides of many of the ethical debates in our society actually have common ground that… // Read More »

Charlie Gard, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Limits of “Conscience”

Posted July 6th, 2017 by Jon Holmlund

I would venture that most bioethicists would agree it would be ethically permissible to remove life support and active care from little Charlie Gard, and let him die.   The hospital in Britain where he has been receiving his care wants to do that, and the courts agree.  But why do they insist on this action when his parents want to transfer him for another try… // Read More »

The need for Christians to make distinctively biblical moral decisions

Posted July 5th, 2017 by Steve Phillips

I am continuing to reflect on the recent CBHD conference. One of the paper presentations I attended was related to the role of Christian faith and the church in decisions about fertility treatments. Heather Prior and an associate are doing research on how Christian couples in their community make decisions about treatments for infertility including such things as IVF. In the preliminary results she was… // Read More »

Educating the church about how to think about bioethics

Posted June 14th, 2017 by Steve Phillips

Janie Valentine’s post on Monday about a Christian health sharing ministry considering the surgical treatment of ectopic pregnancy to be the moral equivalent of abortion points out a major concern related to the church and bioethics. This is particularly a concern regarding the evangelical Protestant church and bioethics. With its hierarchical structure the Roman Catholic Church has a way of connecting the well considered thoughts… // Read More »

Most pressing bioethics issue

Posted June 7th, 2017 by Steve Phillips

In yesterday’s post Mark McQuain asked the readers of this blog what they consider to be the most pressing bioethics issue in the context of a call for our president to establish a bioethics council. He referred to my recent post on reproductive ethics and the manufacturing of children. I think that is important. I also think that abortion including the aborting of children with… // Read More »