The snow has begun to fall and so we are going to finish our conference here in High Leigh slightly early by dropping the final plenary session and ending with the presentation of the last paper. Once again the written paper was summarised and we then went to our groups to discuss before coming together again for a plenary session.
This was the most controversial of the papers, pleading as it did for a new approach to the subject of abortion.
The New Bioethical Wine in the Old Moral Wineskins?
Exploring the Issues When Human Life Begins:
Dr Leonardo De Chirico, Istituto di Formazione Evangelica e Documentazione
1. A polarized field
2. The Dead-Ends of Biolatry and Egolatry
ie the pro-life absolutising of the sacredness of an aspect of life life and the pro-choice absolutising of the individual and his or her choice
3. The shortcomings of evangelical bioethics
4. The anthropology of the womb
Arguing that the beginnings of life are always linked with the womb in Scripture
5. The beginning of life of the first and last Adam
6. The bioethical implications of being created in the image of God
7. A relational bioethics of the beginning of life
1) What are the strengths and weaknesses of the pro-life position?
2) What are the strengths and weaknesses of the pro-choice position?
3) How can life become an idol in the biblical sense? Find examples.
4) How can individual choice can become an idol in the biblical sense? Find examples.
5) What does Psalm 139 say about the beginning of life? What does it not say?
6) What does the typology of the first and last Adam say about the beginning of life?
7) In what sense the ‘relational’ aspect of the Trinity has a bearing on the bioethics of the beginning of life?
8) What can be done in society in order to overcome the polarized debate between pro-life and pro-choice?