Tuesday, February 08, 2005

soul of the embryo

heads up on a new book which deals with the whole issue of when life begins and provides a comprehensive guide to, and analysis of, the status of the embryo in the christian tradition. it's written by david albert jones, senior lecturer in bioethics at st. mary's college in london, and former director of the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics, one of the world's top catholic centers of bioethics. entitled Soul of the Embryo, it seems like a very good treatment of a very involved and highly-charged subject which is at the center of debate involving abortion, stem-cell research, cloning, and others.

the review i read about the book said: "What makes the book so valuable is that the author does not merely seek to give a descriptive account of this 'neglected but sophisticated tradition' but also to analyse the more fundamental question of 'what it means for a new human being to come to be, and how and when this happens' and to do so 'through legal, scientific, philosophical and ethical discussion as well as specifically theological writings.'" sounds like a very good read to me.

so, to read more about the book, click here.

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