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.