Summit Lecture Series

The Challenge of Biotechnology 1
Cloning, stem cells, artificial intelligence, abortion, euthanasia. Biotechnology is the social issue of our times, and is moving at pace that leaves any ethical consideration way behind. Christians simply must address this issue, but many have no idea what is even going on. These sessions provide an introduction to the emerging technologies, and clear concise teaching on the key foundational issue of personhood and what makes humans valuable.

The Challenge of Biotechnology 2
Cloning, stem cells, artificial intelligence, abortion, euthanasia. Biotechnology is the social issue of our times, and is moving at pace that leaves any ethical consideration way behind. Christians simply must address this issue, but many have no idea what is even going on. These sessions provide an introduction to the emerging technologies, and clear concise teaching on the key foundational issue of personhood and what makes humans valuable.

Stem Cells
Well versed in the field, Dr. Michael Buratovich of Spring Arbor University addresses the ethics and problems surrounding embryonic stem cell research. After outlining the more technical aspects of embryonic and fetal development, Dr. Buratovich then explains the different types of embryonic stem cells and how they can be used. This leads him into eight major problems that are associated with this field of therapeutic medicine, which he follows with scientists’ responses (or lack thereof) to these problems. Finally he points to the uses of adult/somatic stem cells and their track record, concluding that science needs to focus on what has already been proven to work.

Relativism
Have you ever been asked, who are you to judge? Responding to arguments of moral relativism, Francis Beckwith discusses the difference between moral claims and preference claims, how relativists defend their position using the two main arguments, disagreement and tolerance, and offers suggestions on how to respond to these claims.

Physician Assisted Suicide
A paragon of health, you go to the doctor with unusual symptoms, only to be diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Within six months, your health has deteriorated so quickly that you cannot even dress yourself. Is your life worth living anymore? Dr. Michael Buratovich of Spring Arbor University poses this question, asking whether one should be allowed access to physician-assisted suicide (PAS) in order to die peacefully and with dignity. In order to help students fully understand the issue, he explains the history of the concept, beginning with Jack Kevorkian, “Dr. Death? himself, and then recalls the history of suicide in many cultures and the early church’s response to it. After drawing on Scripture for a correct perspective of human life, he then reflects on modern societies that have embraced PAS and the effects it is continuing to have. Dr. Buratovich spends the rest of the time delineating the arguments for and against PAS, as well as a correct definition of “dignity.? He concludes by admonishing Christians to treat life with the same respect used in the Bible, to consider every effect PAS will have on a society that embraces it, and to look for ways to treat the root issues behind PAS.