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  • Mitchell: Tech recasting 'what it means to be human'

    by S. Craig Sanders, posted Friday, March 10, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Theological reflection must counteract an uncritical approach to technological advancements that threaten human existence, bioethicist C. Ben Mitchell said in a lecture series at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    "We have to reject uncritical consumeristic adoption of digital technologies," said Mitchell, provost, vice president for academic affairs and Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. Read More

  • Planets' discovery said to incite misplaced hope

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 23, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- At least some of scientists' enthusiasm over discovery of seven potentially habitable planets seems to reflect the misplaced hopes of a secular worldview.

    That is the assessment of a Union University physicist and a Gateway Seminary Old Testament professor following NASA's Feb. 22 announcement that astronomers have detected the first known system of seven Earth-sized planets rotating around a single star. Read More

  • Pig embryos with human cells deemed 'problematic'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 02, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The first successful growth of human cells in a pig embryo has drawn mixed reviews from pro-life bioethicists.

    Biologists at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif., announced Jan. 26 that they generated stem cells from human skin, then injected them into a pig embryo and allowed the embryo to grow four weeks in a sow's uterus. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Siri-ously?

    by Brian Hobbs, posted Friday, January 27, 2017 (one year ago)

    Siri on your iPhone, or a similar program on your smartphone, can answer an array of questions, Brian Hobbs notes, but don't let it become a perpetual distraction that lessens your quality of life. Read More

  • Artificial intelligence spawns ethical concerns

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The ethics of artificial intelligence (AI) has drawn comments from the White House and British House of Commons in recent weeks, along with a nonprofit organization established by Amazon, Google, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft. Now, Baptist computer scientists have called Christians to join the discussion.

    Louise Perkins, professor of computer science at California Baptist University, told Baptist Press she is "quite worried" at the lack of an ethical code related to AI. The Christian worldview, she added, has much to say about how automated devices should be programmed to safeguard human flourishing. Read More

  • Internet change could threaten religious liberty

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 30, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- When the U.S. government relinquishes control of a nonprofit organization that oversees internet domain names, a California Baptist University software engineering professor says, the potential for religious liberty violations could increase.

    Since 1998, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has coordinated and administered internet domain names, with oversight from the U.S. Department of Commerce. ... Read More

  • Motherless, designer baby specter increases

    by David Roach, posted Monday, September 26, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Two developing reproductive technologies -- one that could facilitate motherless babies and another that could open the door to so-called designer babies -- have drawn warnings from Christian ethicists.

    In one experiment, researchers at the UK's University of Bath altered unfertilized mouse eggs so they took on properties like "ordinary" cells, such as skin cells, the BBC reported. Then they created mouse embryos by fertilizing the altered eggs with sperm cells, leading scientists to speculate that two human men, or even one man, may one day be able to conceive a child with similar technology using sperm and another donated body cell. Read More

  • 'Intergalactic missions': planet spurs questions

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 31, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Discovery of another planet that might support life has given rise to speculation about intelligent life elsewhere in the universe -- and whether such lifeforms would need the Gospel.

    "Briefly stated, saying that scientists 'think there may be life' on [the newly discovered planet] is greatly overstating what the scientific community is thinking," said Bill Nettles, physics department chair at Union University.

    But "if there is intelligent life on other planets, we definitely need to tell them Earth's Gospel story and learn what their history is," Nettles told Baptist Press in written comments. Read More

  • Human-animal embryo research likened to sci-fi

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 10, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A National Institutes of Health proposal to fund research that inserts human stem cells into animal embryos has provoked warnings from evangelical bioethicists.

    The focus of the proposed research would be studying human diseases and growing human organs in animals for transplants. But potential side effects of so-called "chimera research" -- a reference to Greek mythological creatures that were part goat, part snake and part lion --include destruction of human embryos, creation of animals with some semblance of human intelligence and creation of animals with the ability to produce human offspring. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Everything is different, yet nothing has changed

    by David Jeremiah, posted Friday, January 22, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Amid the march of technology, California pastor David Jeremiah notes that the Gospel of Jesus Christ "is still our only hope." Borrowing from Steve Jobs, Jeremiah underscores the imperative for Christians to "live each day as if it was your last." For people mired in sin, Jeremiah writes, "Judgment is still waiting. The grace of God is still available." Read More