In The Beginning….
As a scientist, a Ph.D. Molecular Biologist and Microbiologist, I rejoice in the knowledge and power that is at the disposal of my community. We have unlocked the deepest and most profound truths about the universe, from the macrocosmos to the microcosmos and beyond. We have conquered diseases once fatal, and have others on the run. We have genetically engineered crops and livestock that are more robust and yield greater quantity of food. We have truly fulfilled the mandate in Genesis to be fruitful, multiply and subdue the earth.
Along the way, we have lost something of ourselves as a race, something essential. The reductionism of the Twentieth Century has flashed back on us. We have come to see ourselves as less sacred, and therefore, less deserving of a unique dignity in all of creation. Science has become the ascendant religion of the West. Where the great monotheistic religions had humanity in relationship with God as their focus, Science reduces humanity to one more among a menagerie of species.
The purpose of this blog is to explore the lost human essence in the headlong embrace of reductionism, to promote the dialogue between Christian Anthropology and the sciences, primarily the Biological Sciences. Abortion, Euthanasia, Eugenics, Physician Assisted Suicide, all threaten human life on a scale never before imagined. There have been 1.8 BILLION abortions worldwide since the year of my birth, 1960. That’s one abortion for every 3.7 people walking the planet today. Where did we go so terribly wrong?
This blog will pursue the truth, wherever the truth leads. I invite the gentle reader to walk with me on the road of exploration. I am Roman Catholic, unapologetically so. I believe that much of what has been lost in human anthropology can be found in my Church’s documents, and in the scholarship of her sons and daughters. So too do I believe that my Protestant and Orthodox brothers and sisters, enlightened by the leading of the Holy Spirit, bring their very powerful witness to the truth, as do our elder brothers in faith, the Jews.
Indeed, pro-life is not the sole province of any one church or religion. We are all children of God, sharing the same dignity as such. Restoring that lost dignity is what this blog, and my life’s work is all about.