Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Its Importance in the Culture Wars

Thomas (Joseph), Bishop
April 2013
Christian Bioethics: Non-ecumenical Studies in Medical Morality;Apr2013, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p60
Academic Journal
The debate surrounding human embryonic stem cell research plays a crucial role in the culture wars. Those who embrace post-traditional morality not only see no ethical problem with the destruction of human embryos for research and therapies, but press for their use despite the greater potential for risk from the totipotent cells that are harvested from the destruction of human embryos as opposed to other kinds of stem cells. Indeed, there have been foreseeable negative consequences from such attempts at treatment. Nonetheless, from the standpoint of traditional Christianity, the destruction of human embryos is expressly forbidden regardless of any potential positive outcomes. There is a fundamental cleft within the culture on such issues.


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