I recently inherited a Bioethics course to teach to our graduating seniors and if I teach it a bit like other courses, I’d want them to engage with the best of modern Bioethics but aren’t really sure what that looks like. Often, students who attend certain Christian liberal arts universities like where I teach get get pseudo versions of reality like with evolution or cosmology of those sorts of things, but this might extend into other topics as well. I haven’t had time to try to look much up, but one of the texts for the class currently is this 2004 book which I, as a judge a book by its cover, can’t imagine is the current pinnacle of Christian bioethics nearly two decades later.
One review of the book from Good Reads:
From the first page with its uninformed allusion to Aldous Huxley to the last, this book piles and piles on the load of crap it is. It presents an avowed “Christian” perspective that has a typically limited version of God with “Intelligent Design.” It targets uninformed people to generate fear of things they do not understand. It critiques “experts” but presents itself as full of expert opinions by people with advanced degrees. Besides being outdated, it generally makes a mockery of otherwise serious biotech and bioethical issues, but is useful to read only as a study in Christian Right rhetoric.
So things I wonder:
- Main theories or concepts?
- Advancements in bioethics?
- Potential textbooks to use?
- Christian engagement on topic? (I personally have really only seen examples that make me cringe but I’m sure better examples exist)
- Most important topics for Christian’s going into various scientific or medical fields to explore?