Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

Cloning and Stem Cell Truths

Nov 1, 2006

The debate over cloning and stem cell research is vitally important because the focal point of these new biotechnologies is human life. How we are to regard the concepts of personhood and humanity are not new discussions, but they take

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Getting Real on Stem Cells

Sep 4, 2006

The embryo stem cell (ESC) hype continues to bubble along, with a seeming avalanche of support from the media and many of our ruling elites. Adult stem cells (ASCs) continue to be ignored, despite their great success, while ESCs are

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Stem Cell Deception

Aug 19, 2006

In both Australia and America there is a major battle taking place over stem cell research. As readers of this site will be aware, there are two main sources of stem cells: embryos, or non-embryos. Adult stem cells (ASCs) have

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Clarity on Stem Cells Needed

Aug 7, 2006

There is a lot of clouded thinking on the issue of stem cell research. A good case in point is an editorial in today’s Australian (August 7). It suffers not just from mental fatigue, but ethical myopia.

Entitled “Let the

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The Stem Cell Debate

Sep 2, 2005

The issues of cloning in general and stem cell research in particular have swamped the media during the past several years.  As in earlier debates about abortion and euthanasia, there are many issues to sort through – issues of

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On the Sufficiency of Scripture

Feb 29, 2016

Just as we speak about the various attributes of God, so too we can speak about the various attributes of Scripture. Thus we can speak about the authority of Scripture, or the perspicuity (clarity) of Scripture. As to the latter,

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Critical Thinking and Logical Fallacies

Aug 23, 2012

Believe it or not, Christians are to think critically. Now before you drag me off and stone me, let me remind you that there are at least two different meanings of the word “critical”. One has to do with negative

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Redundant Males, Redundant Humanity

Jul 9, 2009

Two recent bioethics announcements have added a few more nails to the coffin of humanity. While these new biomedical breakthroughs promise much about medical research, cures, and progress, what they are really about is the end of man – both

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Babies No, Whales Yes

Mar 10, 2009

The twin headlines in a Sunday newspaper said it all: “US ends stem cell ban;” “Obama’s whale stance”. Here we have more proof – as if more proof was needed – that America has the most pro-death president ever. Obama

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Abortion, Logic and Morality

Jun 22, 2008

It seems the more controversial an issue is, the more sloppy the thinking and the more immoral the evaluation. Abortion is a good case in point. It is an issue immersed in convoluted and confused reasoning, and cloudy and questionable

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Who Speaks for the Disabled?

Jun 14, 2007

In the battles over embryo research, stem cell science, and the like, the media often presents a quite one-sided take on the issues. They can do this in several ways. One is simply to be selective in the reporting, omitting

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When Medicine Becomes Politicised

May 1, 2007

Medicine, like science, is one of those things that we expect to be above partisan politics. We hope that they will remain neutral and independent, and stay out of advocacy work, dealing instead with their areas of expertise. Yet quite

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Another Theophobic Assault

Mar 18, 2007

Terry Lane does not like the fact that religion will influence people, and he wants religious MPs to ‘fess up. The Sunday Age columnist and resident atheist said in his latest article that it is a bad thing to have

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Bioethics and the Lessons of History

Mar 14, 2007

Two recent events have highlighted the importance of clear ethical thinking on the issues of the day, and how we can learn from those who have gone before us. The first is the announcement of yet another clone and kill

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