Monday, May 05, 2008

First Things: The politics of bioethics

Okay, so I'm just a little behind in my reading. From First Things (November 2007), I like this definition by Richard John Neuhaus [boldface mine]:

. . . A human being is a ­person possessed of a dignity we are obliged to respect at every point of development, debilitation, or decline by virtue of being created in the image and likeness of God. Endowed with the spiritual principle of the soul, with reason and with free will, the destiny of the person who acts in accord with moral conscience in obedience to the truth is nothing less than eternal union with God. This is the dignity of the human person that is to be respected, defended, and indeed revered. . .

Read it all.

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