Daily Archives: July 14, 2007

What Genesis has to teach us about "Population Control" and Bioethics

At family Bible time tonight, we read Gen. 11-14, and two things struck me about the Tower of Babel.

First, is apropros to “overpopulation”:

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in
the sky, and so make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered all
over the earth.” (Gen 11:4, NAB)

The Tower of Babel was an apartment building! Their objective was to build one big city to hold everyone so they wouldn’t “overpopulate” the earth.

Then God says, “If now, [. . .] they have started to do this, nothing will later stop them from doing whatever they presume to do” (Gen 11:6).

Of course, in bioethics (and most moral issues today), the main focus is the belief that human beings should be allowed to do anything they can intellectually conceive of. It’s the belief that the ends justify the means, and that the pursuit of scientific achievement is an end in itself such as to override all other concerns, particularly moral concerns.

New book explains Ovulation Method in an easy-to-understand way, directed at all Christians

Let’s hear it for the President of the Philippines!

According to this article, the President of the Philippines is oppressing her people by refusing to release UN “population control” funds and only funding NFP promotion. According to these people, the “poor, ignorant” Catholic (and Muslim) population of the Philippines needs to be given artificial birth control so they don’t overpopulate the country.

Maybe the extremely devout Philippino Catholics don’t want to use that stuff?

Somebody making sense on federal funding of research

This fellow is pro-ESCR but anti-government funding. It’s what I’ve been saying for years: if Bush were a real Republican, and not the big government liberal that he is, he’d just say, “I don’t believe in federal funding of research.” I commented more extensively on USA Today‘s blog, so I’ll let you read my comments there.