- According to your worldview, what value does a human person have?
- How does your position affect your stance on controversial bioethical issues, such as abortion, designer babies, and stem cell research?
According to your worldview, what value does a human person have?
According to my worldview, a human person has immeasurable value. In the story of creation, humans are given a special role and awarded an elevated position over other creations. In fact, after creating Adam and Eve, God declared that humans shall rule over all other creations. In addition, humans are created in the image of God. This implies that humans have some divine features thus making human life inviolable and sacrosanct. This extends to all life, whether good or evil (White, n.d.). Besides that, all creations were placed at the disposal of humans who were given the freedom and independence to make individual decisions. With this freedom and independence, humans have a responsibility for their actions and would be answerable to God on the day of judgment. In essence, the value of a human person is immutable (Anderson, Clark & Naugle, 2017).
How does your position affect your stance on controversial bioethical issues, such as abortion, designer babies, and stem cell research?
My position that the value of human life is immeasurable has an influence on my stance on controversial bioethical issues. Firstly, other creations can be sacrificed, when necessary, to save human life. That is because humans were created and awarded an elevated position over other creations with dominion over them. Secondly, humans are created in the image of God and have some divine features, thus making human life sacred. This implies that taking a human life is akin to threatening the life of God. Thirdly, humans have the freedom and independence to make individual decisions but are ultimately answerable to God. This means that for every decision made and action is taken, God will demand an account. Given these three points, I would only support the controversial bioethical issues if there is no threat to human life, and whatever sacrifices are made help to preserve human life. For instance, if a pregnancy threatens the life of a mother, then I would consider abortion to save the mother’s life since both the mother and child would be lost if the pregnancy continues to term.
Anderson, T. J., Clark, W. M., & Naugle, D. K. (2017). An Introduction to Christian Worldview: Pursuing God’s Perspective in a Pluralistic World. InterVarsity Press (IVP).
White, N. H. (n.d.). God, Humanity, and Human Dignity. https://lc.gcumedia.com/phi413v/practicing-dignity-an-introduction-to-christian-values-and-decision-making-in-health-care/v1.1/#/chapter/2