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I had to chuckle at the opening line of a recent AP release on “artificial” life: “Around the world, a handful of scientists are trying to create life from scratch and they’re getting closer.” They think the effort “has the potential to shed new light on our place in the universe, [removing] one of the few fundamental mysteries about creation in the universe and our role.”
Is there a conflict between faith and science? I think not. Rather, I think the current quarrel between the two has been contrived. A specific error—an arbitrary definition of science— is holding science hostage. I’d like to suggest a solution. One book serves as a helpful launching point for reflection on this error. Though published in 1988, it remains a useful foil for a discussion on the issue.
The embryonic stem cell research debate is remarkable because neither side—pro-life or pro-abortion—seems to understand the moral logic of its views. Presumably, people who are pro-life hold their views for a reason and are not just emoting. The same could be said of pro-choicers. I’ve long suspected that’s not always the case, though. The recent debate about embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) confirms my doubts.
When we justify killing of a fully developed human child through partial-birth abortion, we are not defending abortion. We’re promoting something much more chilling. Even the mothers involved know what’s going on.
Does the archeological accuracy of the Bible have anything to do with it’s truth claims? Not according to many world-class archaeologists. There’s a catch, however, which tells us volumes about modern man and his dilemma.
When you look up into the midnight sky do you see stars? Or are the lights in the heavens mere appearances, images created in transit? The answer settles the question of whether the creation of the universe was recent or ancient.
The cloning confusion continues. Doctor Richard Seed, a cum laude graduate from Harvard with a Ph.D. in physics, has promised to produce the first human clone in less than two years in a clinic in the Chicago area, if he gets funded. "We are going to become one with God," he boasted. "We are going to have almost as much knowledge and almost as much power as God."
Evolution is on its way out. It's only a matter of time before the iceberg hits.
When It Comes to Abortion, No One Talks about the One Question that Matters. It's the One Question the President Never Asks.
Answering this One Question Solves the Abortion Controversy.... When President Clinton vetoed the ban on partial-birth abortion for a second time on October 10, there's one thing he didn't discuss: abortion. The President talked about choice and privacy. He mentioned the risk to the mother of carrying a child to term, and the trauma of delivering an infant with serious congenital defect.
In the movie, "The Boys from Brazil," it was used to try to recreate Hitler. In "Jurassic Park," it was employed to bring back an entire prehistoric era to life. In "Multiplicity," Michael Keaton used it to try get twice as much work done and still have time to play golf. This past year, the stuff of movies and science-fiction became reality. A sheep named Dolly was born that was an exact physical replica of a previously existing adult. Dolly has no father. She is the result of a "virgin" birth, a miracle of technology. Dolly is a clone.