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Ronald Lindsay: Religion, Bioethics and Public Policy

Few areas of public policy have been fraught with as much controversy as bioethics. Each novel development in biomedical technology seems to spark rancorous disputes, and religious dogma is inevitably invoked in these debates, often through claims that a new technology is unnatural or requires us to play God.

Many secularists object to religion having any influence on public policy. The counter-argument from the religious is typically two-fold: 1) the religious are entitled to have input into public policy; and 2) to the extent public policy is informed by morality, religious viewpoints must necessarily be considered.

Both contentions are fundamentally flawed, according to Center for Inquiry President & CEO Ronald A. Lindsay, and he will demonstrate why in his talk. To illustrate how public policy disputes that have a moral dimension can be resolved without resort to religion, Dr. Lindsay will use examples from his recent book, Future Bioethics: Overcoming Taboos, Myths, and Dogma.
Few areas of public policy have been fraught with as much controversy as bioethics. Each novel development in biomedical technology seems to spark rancorous disputes, and religious dogma is inevitably invoked in these debates, often through claims...
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