It’s the things you never think about.
You think they affect people far removed from you in a hospital five states away, but a day might come when they are closer to home than you would have ever thought.
What are these things I’m talking about, you might ask?
Anything that falls under the umbrella of bioethical issues.
You might still be wondering what I’m talking about when I say “bioethical issues.” You’re not alone. Before I read this chapter, I could not have given you an explanation of what exactly bioethical issues are either.
In the chapter in The New Media Frontier that Joe Carter and Matthew Eppinette coauthor, they use the following definitions as the basis for the thesis of their chapter:
“The application of ethics to the fields of biological science, including medicine, genetics and related areas.” (208).
“Bioethics involves distinguishing between what we should and should not pursue in matters of life and health.” (208).
With this definition in mind, there are two questions at hand:
- How should Christians handle bioethical issues such as taking life, making life, and faking life?
- What impact does the Christian blogosphere have on bioethics issues?
So those are the two main ideas I will seek to overview in the rest of this post.
1. Taking Life, Making Life, Faking Life
These are the three headings that Carter and Eppinette classify bioethical issues under. They call all Christ-followers to develop a stance on each one in order that they might know how to respond if ever personally presented with one of thise issues.
The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity of Trinity International University has a lengthy article on this topic where they survey the question:
These scientific discoveries and technological applications are not–and could not have been–addressed in the Bible because they are new innovations in human life. In such cases, what does it mean to take a biblical perspective on these issues, or to develop biblical moral norms? (1).
That’s basically the same thing the authors of this chapter discuss. They don’t necessarily prescribe how Christians should and should not feel about these issues, but rather say that it is imperative for each and every Christians to have a stance on them.
> Taking life involves the topic of abortion.
> Making life involves attempts to conquer infertility.
> Faking life involves the question of genetic engineering and “designer babies.”
2. The Christian Blogosphere and Bioethics
Carter and Eppinette say that:
“The single greatest contribution most bloggers can make in regard to bioethics is simply to help raise awareness of specific issues, particularly those that threaten human dignity.” (213).
That is so true. Christians need to be willing to get out there with their ideas. We have got to recover lost ground in the area of having a voice in the new media sphere.
It is not hard to simply talk about these things. Make it clear where you stand. Don’t shy away from hard topics.
I’m talking to myself too. I really need to do more research on these hard topics and formulate answers for when people ask me why I stand where I stand on them.
And I encourage you to do the same as well!