Friday, March 10, 2006

Science, Ethics, and Religion... Oh My!


This Great God,
Like a mammy bending over her baby,
Kneeled down in the dust
Toiling over a lump of clay
Till He shaped it in His own image;
Then into it
He blew the breath of life,
And man became a living soul.
Amen. Amen.

"The Creation"
James Weldon Johnson

In this world of advancements in science, medicine, and technology; it is no wonder that many in our society still debate the creation theories. Much like our current scientific controversies- cloning, abortion, and contraception; the creation stirs emotions within many in religious and scientific communities. Victor Frankenstein decided to create a living being. He "played God". In the news we are daily bombarded with controversies regarding Intelligent Design, the Big Bang, Evolution, Abortion, Stem Cell Research, etc.

Everyone has an opinion. Your opinion may be based on research, science, religion, morals, or the media. Choose a current controversy (from the above list or others) and take a stance on it. Explain your reasons.

Keep in mind that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. Don't attack others' views. Keep an open mind, but be firm in your own ideas and beliefs.

36 comments:

nickb3 said...

Cloning is not right. Sounds basic but it forst off is just wierd. Imagine, someone who looks, sounds, and potentially acts just like you. My reasons against it are not just moral, but because you would lose all of what makes you you and your personal identity.

Anonymous said...

i dont think that cloning is playing god. i think that if we can come up with ways to do things through science then why not. it is helpful to us. - BakerB3

ElliottM3 said...

Cosmic evouluion : http://www.tufts.edu/as/wright_center/cosmic_evolution/docs/splash.html

Abortion:
http://www.religioustolerance.org/abortion.htm

stem cell research:
http://www.religioustolerance.org/res_stem.htm

charlotteg3 said...

I think that cloning is wrong. No one should "play god" because he has a specific role and purpose. Also, the child that is a result of cloning could have serious problems, because they would know that they are gentically made up exactly like someone else, and that they are not their own purpose. Therefore, I think that it is better if as a soceity we stay away from cloning and let people come into this world the natural way.

saram3 said...

to me, abortion is inexcusable. it is wrong to take the life of a child who cannot defend itself. if the child was conceived, it has a purpose and it is not up to any person to make any decision about the child's life.

maxg3 said...

hands down, the big bang is awesome. the universe is expanding. peace out.

Addie said...

I think this is a touchy topic but its funny because I just talked about evolution with my dad and found that a lot of people are probabley unsure about the differences in theories.

nickb3 said...

I have a problem with cloning. Sure it goes against basic morals and such, but I dislike it more for how it would make us lose our personal identity. We would have someone who looks, talks, and potentially acts just like you. People couldn't even tell if it is the real you or the clone.

ColeT3 said...

I am opposed to cloning, abortion, stem cell research, etc. They are silly and unneccesary and bad and stuff. abortion is like murder because you are killing things. If anyone else is a big south park fan like i am, Matt Stone and Trey Parker do an outstanding job of making fun of cloning and stem cell research. To prove the inhumanity of stem cells, in one episode, Christopher reeves makes a comeback by constantly eating fetuses in order to regain his power.

DorieF5 said...

I honestly don't believe in having an abortion. I know that this is a very sensitive issue, but I stand firm on my beliefs about it. If you think that you would get an abortion then don't have sex at such a young age. You mad this happen and so you should suffer the consequences and have the child. There is no reason to kill and innocent person for your own mistakes. I just think that we all make choices and if your choice is to have sex and you are not ready for it, then that's your fault, but you should not ever get an abortion. I know that there are some exceptions to getting abortions, but when you willingly knew what you were doing and get pregnant, then I think you should have to have the baby anyways... and now I am scared to have this published...

Rebecca05 said...

True, my creation beliefs are based on religion. I was raised that way and that is how they came about. I do know, that I have decided for my own. My parents did not make the decision for me, they just made it an option. After living in this world for 18 years, meeting amazing, intelligent people and seeing miraculous, unbelievable events and places I have formed my own opinion. There is not way this place is a mistake. I truly believe it was created by the miracle of God. I know it seems like a huge myth---but the crazy thing isnt, its just how cool God is!

Carolinh5 said...

I am a firm believer in intelligent design. To me it takes more faith that out of nothing came this whole world. At one point someone would have had to create those two atoms that magically colided together to create the world. It is impossible for those atoms to have just come out of nothing. There would have had to be a person that created the world, and everything that went along with it. We as humans will never understand everyhting, but how could this whole world, and everything that goes along with it come out of nothing. The way DNA works was not an accident. It is a complex miracle that had to have been created by an intelligent being.

willh6 said...

I dont have anything against cloning, but I do think it would be weird if I was cloned and there were two of me running around.

LibbyB6 said...

I do think that cloning is like playing God. Although it seems like a great idea because you can replace organs and stuff like that from your clone, it is also a bad idea cuz then what do you do with the rest of the clone!! It would be like killing a person!! It just isn't right.

maggieb6 said...

i don't think there's such a thing as "playing god". we are given free choice, and i think it's ok to use it, just as long as we do the right thing, whatever you feel that is.

HannonK6 said...

I don't like the idea of cloning. I think that is is morally wrong that God made us the way were are for a reason.

stus6 said...

Cloning is not right. Playing God is not what humans are supposed to do. If God intended for humans to create then he would have made it more reliable and less dangerous.

lillyb357 said...

I am unsure on the subject of abortion. It is a touchy subject, especially in my family. I can understand why someone would feel like they need to get an abortion. I am a girl and I know how scary it would be have a baby. Sometimes for girls it just feels like the only option. But I am also opposed to abortion though. My brother was adopted and I hate to think about the fact that his birth mother, how was extremely young, could have easily decided to have an abortion. He wouldnt be here if she did and that is just so scary to think about. I dont know though, I think the girl has the right to choose.

JoanneL1 said...

i think that stem cell research is wrong. it's wrong for people to choose the sex, eye color, etc. or their baby. That's God's job.

jonathann6 said...

I would have to agree with Maggie on all of these issues. It is impossible to play God. Abortion is murder. Even is the baby is the outcome of rape or teenagers that don't know what they are doing, it is a human being. God uses "bad" things to make a "good" things. God gives us choices because he wants us to love him. It wouldn't be love if we didn't have a choice to love God.

God made the universe. I can't be more simple than that. Our universe was formed from the Big Bang. I am a strong believer in both of those statements. How? Because I believe God caused the Big Bang and therefore created man.

Stem cell research does not mean cloning people. Scientists can guide the growth of the cells to make vital human organs, which I think is a good idea.

If you don't know what you believe is right in all of these debatable subjects, don't worry, all we have to worry about is glorifying God in everything that we do. Instead of WWJD?, I think of HIWYADRNGG? (How is what you are doing now glorifying God?). Read 1st Corinthians chapter 10 for more. (Especially verse 31).

If you are interested in all of this stuff about creation, read "Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown. It's fiction, but it makes you think.

ally irwin said...

I believe extreme measures must be taken in the medical/science field. You never know what you could discover. I think the more scientists push the limits the closer they are to discovering a cure for cancer or other terrible diseases. I don't think doctors have a right to get a "God complex" because I think everyone should be humble in their profession. But, I do think that scientists should continue to do Stem Cell Research and stuff in association.

Rachaelw5 said...

I think cloning is morally wrong. I understand the scientific idea that it would be an incredible break-through to be able to accomplish such a feat, but the moral aspects of this are just wrong. It was also take away the fact that everyone is an individual and no two people are exactly alike. No one can play God.

MrsC said...

I appreciate such candid and passionate comments on such a tough topic. This is a time in your life where you will need to solidify why you believe what you believe.

KatherineK5 said...

I am a little iffy about the idea of abortion. I personally would never even consider having an abortion, no matter what the circumstances were, but I think it's a private issue and the government should have no say about it. I don't think someone else should have the right to regulate something like that. I think abortions should be legal and safe for those women who choose to have one. However, I would strongly caution anyone against having one.

Drewf3 said...

I personally do not have a problem with cloning or stem cell research. Although, I can see how it easily could get out of hand in society. I think it should be somehow limited for medical purposes, and in no way should it be used for the replication of people who have passed away. That's my two cents...

Leeb3 said...

I am against abortion, cloning, stem cell research etc. No crazy scientist should be able to clone someone for a number of reasons. One would be it would destroy the criminal justice process. With multiple people with the exact same DNA, it would be impossible to tell who did the crime. Abortion is killing babies, and this is obviously wrong.

GigiR1 said...

There is much controversy in the idea of cloning. I believe cloning, esp in terms of organs,is a good thing. It would greatly decrease the amount of people having to wait months, even years, for a certain organ. The thing that I disagree with is where cloning crosses a certain line and becomes abused. In our society, if cloning was someday found to be successful, it could possibly get out of hand. As humans, we are naturally curious and full of imagination. Creating two of the same person would appear to many mindboggling and something that must be witnessed.

philipr5 said...

I dont believe abortion should be legal except in certain circumstances, but i do not believe an unborn child's life should be taken from them.

JOhnf5 said...

I can't see how people don't believe in evolution. There is so much evidence that proves it. And there can be evolution and religion.

Kristenk5 said...

I don't agree that cloning is right. We were all made differently and I think that is the way that it should stay. And I also think that it is playing God in some ways. Yes, it is incredible what we can do with science these days but there comes a point where it becomes to advanced.

Levine5 said...

I believe that whatever a person believes is what is right to him. Every day people tell us that what we believe in is right, but it seems to happen that these same people are changing their minds when it comes down to G-d or religion. If you believe G-d is a girl, than G-d is a girl, same concept if you believe G-d is a white man, or a black child. Whoever you believe to be your G-d, whoever you believe, or however, you believe that this world came into being, that’s the way it happened, because in this world belief is everything.

Mitchell M 6 said...

I don't agree with cloning because I don't think man has the right to play God. It is an all around bad idea that has an endless number of potential problems.

CaitlinW3 said...

Stem cell research is a wonderful discovery for medical purposes. Umbilical cords are thrown away, however, now they can be used to help find cures for Cancer, Aids, Alzheimer's etc. Why would you not promote such a miracle? If you feel it is "playing God" or ethically wrong don't you think one sacrifice is a well worth sacrifice if it could save or treat thousands of children with these terrible diseases?

AbbyW5 said...

I like to say I don't believe in abortion. The unborn child is a product of God's creation and perfect plan; therefore, to kill it would be to ruin God's plan. However, some say the 'rightness' of abortion depends on the situation. I'm not sure about this belief.

ColeT3 said...

I agree with John that you can believe in evolution and religon. I don't necessarily believe in evolution, but Just because you think the human specie evolved over time doesn't me you are some Satanic/Aetheist person.
But cloning and stem cell research is still very bad.

MICHELLE! said...

I know I know- I've heard it before, "abortion is a horrible thing"..and thats one opinion. To tell you the truth i dont really have an opinion on Abortion except that if a girl gets raped by a guy with AIDS the baby will die eventually anyways, right? So why let the child go through teh pain and suffering?