Bioethics and the Meaning of Man

November 10-11, 2006

"Any time a prefix is tacked onto ethics, as in congressional ethics or bioethics…watch it! Specializing ethics risks losing contact with ethics in general." (Paul Greenberg, Editorial Page Editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette).

The word "ethic," from Greek, means “custom,” or, more broadly, “doing the right thing.” One would never need to speak of the “specialized” term Bioethics if conflicts had never risen over what is right and not right when using science to play God in dealing with man.

Again, quoting Greenberg, "Son, there’s always a right and wrong. You just have to find it….even if it takes time and effort. That’s ethics."

Taking the time and making the effort is the central issue in this Bryan Institute for Critical Thought and Practice seminar for November 10-11, 2006.

  • Dr. W. Gary Phillips, pastor of Signal Mountain Bible Church, Chattanooga, TN
    Dr. Phillips is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where he earned the B.A. in English, mathematics, and philosophy. He earned his Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary with a focus on Greek, and a doctorate in systematic theology from Grace Theological Seminary. He has served as Professor of Bible at Bryan College. He has received six teaching awards and has published articles and books, including Making Sense of Your World, which was nominated for Christianity Today’s “Reader’s Choice” book of the year.
  • Eric Cohen, Ethics and Public Policy Center
    Mr. Cohen is editor and founder of The New Atlantis, a quarterly journal on the ethics and politics of science and technology. He is also editor of the program on Bioethics and American Democracy at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and a senior advisor to the President’s Council on Bioethics. His essays and articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal,  the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Weekly Standard, The Public Interest, First  Things, Commentary, and the Hastings Center Report. He is co-editor (with William Kristol) of The Future is Now; America Confronts the New Genetics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002). He was previously a fellow at the New America Foundation and managing editor of The Public Interest.
  • Dr. Harold Y. Vanderpool, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
    Dr. Vanderpool earned the B.A. from Harding College, the M.A. in biblical studies from Abilene Christian University, the B.D in religious studies from Harvard University, the Ph.D. in American and Religious Studies as well as the Th.M. in bioethics and the history of medicine from Harvard University. Among his many publications are “Life-sustaining Treatment and Euthanasia: Historical Aspects” in Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 3rd edition, and The Ethics of Research with Human Subjects. He has been trained in Greek, Latin, German and French in the completion of his work in New Testament studies at Harvard University. Dr Vanderpool served as Elder for Galveston First Presbyterian Church, 2001-2004.
  • Professor Carter Snead, Notre Dame University School of Law
    Topic: The (Surprising) Truth About Schaivo: A Defeat for the Cause of Autonomy
    Dr. Snead joined the Notre Dame faculty of Law in 2005.  A graduate of St. Johns College and Georgetown University School of Law, he has published widely on legal and moral issues relating to bioethics.  He is currently working on an exploration of the impact of recent advances in cognitive neuroscience on capital sentencing.