Seminar to examine 'Bioethics and the Meaning of Man'
October 31, 2006
Building on the foundation laid during its September seminar, the Bryan Center for Critical Thought and Practice will examine the topic “Bioethics and the Meaning of Man” in sessions Nov. 10-11.
Bryan Center Director Dr. Charles VanEaton said speakers in the September program clearly articulated the biblical position that human beings are unique creations of the Creator God. “But that very simple proposition raises questions about how human beings deal with each other; hence, the topic for the November seminar.”
“‘Ethics’ broadly speaking means ‘doing the right thing,’” Dr. VanEaton said. “But as mankind’s knowledge has increased, as medical technology has advanced to the point that we can play God in so many ways with the lives of men and women, the ‘right thing’ can become a very difficult thing to determine. Our speakers will wrestle with the topic, endeavoring to shed light from a biblical perspective on the field of bioethics.”
To hear an interview with Dr. VanEaton about the seminar visit the WSMC-FM web site
are to examine aspects of bioethics, beginning with a panel discussion at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10.
Dr. W. Gary Phillips, pastor of Signal Mountain, Tenn., Bible Church and a former professor at Bryan College, will speak on “Boundaries and Thresholds: So
me Biblical Reflections on Bioethics.”
Saturday at 9 a.m., Dr. Harold Y. Vanderpool, professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, will speak on “Human Nature and the Entanglement of Medicine and Religion.”
Mr. Eric Cohen, Editor of The New Atlantis
, will address “Morality, Equality, and the Fate of Bioethics” at 10:30 a.m.
At 1 p.m., Prof. Carter Snead, associate professor of law at Notre Dame School of Law, will speak on “The (Surprising) Truth about Schiavo: A Defeat for the Cause of Autonomy.”
Each presentation will be followed by a time for questions from the audience, and the program will conclude with a panel discussion at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Sessions will be held in Rudd Auditorium and are free and open to the public.