Bioethics in Transition: Why Academic Conferences Still Matter

Paige C. Cunningham, JD, PhD

“I was expecting something inspirational and devotional. This was egghead stuff, and not really Christian.” That is a rough paraphrase of a comment from one attendee at our recent summer conference. He may have been anticipating more of a focus on discipleship and inspiration for Christian living, which I enjoy—and would expect––at meetings of organizations dedicated to encouraging Christian physicians and lawyers. Or, he may have thought that plenary speakers would frequently reference biblical texts as the primary content of their presentations, since it was a Christian bioethics conference.

Celebrating WALL-E’s 10th Birthday

Michael Cox, PhD

For those with eyes to see, the movie WALL-E (Disney and Pixar, 2008) can be something of an apocalypse, revealing God’s Kingdom and stoking a Christian imagination.

800 years from now the remnant of humanity exists on the Axiom, a space cruise ship. The high-tech deck chairs supporting their overfed/corpulent bodies double as hovercraft to move them around the ship. All interaction between humans is mediated by a device. Every hobby is virtual. Every meal comes in a cup.

Disincarnation and the Digital Era

Paige C. Cunningham, JD, PhD

Do you know this person? “Well, we’ve met by email,” or “I know her voice from phone conversations.” I recently returned from meetings in Washington, DC, where this scene played out several times. Communications technology allowed us to exchange information and discover mutual interests before the trip, but I could not say that I knew the person until meeting face to face.

Ransoming Embryos

Joshua Farris, PhD
S. Mark Hamilton, PhD (Cand.)

Throughout various points of the church calendar we are reminded of how God establishes the value of human life, namely, by the incarnation of God the Son—Christ. No doubt, this divine affirmation is needed now more than ever in a context where discussions on the value of all human life are a part of everyday conversation. But this post isn’t a typical bioethical argument, although it has implications for it given the importance of the subject, namely the human embryo.