Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thinking clearly about 'ethics at the edge of life'

Dr. Scott B. Rae, a professor of philosophy, and Scott Klusendorf, president of Life Training Institute, recently taught a seminar for M.A. students at Biola University titled "Ethics at the Edge of Life." All 14 sessions are now watchable on YouTube.

Klusendorf presents on "advanced pro-life apologetics," with the following sessions:

- What is the Issue?
- What is the Unborn?
- What Makes Humans Valuable Part 1: Substance View of Human Persons
- What Makes Humans Valuable Part 2: The Religion Objection
- Abortion: Law, Metaphysics, and Moral Neutrality
- Bodily Autonomy Appeals: Analysis of Thomson, McDonagh, and Boonin
- Catholic Social Justice Teaching, Assumed Moral Equivalence, and other Common Objections
- Equipping Your Local Church to Engage

The detailed notes for Klusendorf's sessions are available here. He follows the basic approach of his book, The Case for Life.

Dr. Rae presents, among other sessions:

- Death, Dying and Assisted Suicide Part 1
- Death, Dying and Assisted Suicide Part 2

Surely watching just one of these videos is more edifying than a typical television program. For pro-lifers, few tasks can be more important than educating and equipping ourselves to make a difference in this great cause.