Religion Without God, Social Justice Without Christian Charity, and Other Dimensions of the Culture Wars
Mark J. Cherry
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Christian Bioethics, Vol. 15, Issue 3, pp. 277-299, 2009
A truly Christian bioethics challenges the nature, substance, and application of secular morality, dividing Christians from non-Christians, accenting central moral differences, and providing content-full forthrightly Christian guidance for action. Consequently, Christian bioethics must be framed within the metaphysical and theological commitments of Traditional Christianity so as to provide proper orientation toward God. In contrast, secular bioethicists routinely present themselves as providing a universal bioethics acceptable to all reasonable and rational persons. Yet, such secular bioethicists habitually insert their own biases and prejudices into their moral conclusions, ethical consultations, and political aspirations, without any real justification. As this article explores, the ideologically driven anti-Christian commitments, including commitments to human rights and social justice, embodied within contemporary bioethics routinely illustrate the increasing gap between the traditionally Christian and the devoutly secular, further deepening the culture wars.
Keywords: abortion, charity, culture wars, human rights, social justice, transplantation
Date posted: December 1, 2009