Matters of Life and Death: A Catholic Guide to the Moral Questions of Our Time

Matters of Life and Death: A Catholic Guide to the Moral Questions of Our Time

by Gerard M. Verschuuren


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621383307
Publisher: Angelico Press Ltd
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Pages: 210
Sales rank: 775,297
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Gerard M. Verschuuren is a human geneticist who also earned a doctorate in the philosophy of science. He has studied and worked at universities in Europe and the United States. Currently semi-retired, he spends most of his time as a writer, speaker, and consultant on the interface of science and religion, faith and reason.

Table of Contents

c o n t e n t s

Preface 1

1: About Right and Wrong 3

How Do We Know What Is Right and Wrong? [4]—The Natural Law [10]—Rights and Duties [23]—What Is a Human Conscience? [28]

2: Human Sexuality 35

A Short History [35]—Body and Soul [38]—Sexuality without Procreation [45]

3: Contraception 53

The Events Surrounding Conception [53]—When Does Human Life Begin? [55]—An Assessment of Contraception [64]—Marriage and Procreation [70]

4: Infertility 75

In Vitro Fertilization [75]—What Is Wrong with IVF? [77]

5: Abortion 83

A Conflict of Interests [83]—A Conflict of Rights [90]—Crisis Situations [97]

6: Eugenics 103

Negative Eugenics [103]—Positive Eugenics [110]—Genetic Manipulation [114]—The Overpopulation Myth [117]

7: Sex and Gender Change 127

The Biology behind It [127]—The Morality behind It [131]—Homosexuality [138]

8: Euthanasia 147

What Is a Meaningful Life? [147]—Prolonging Life [153]—Shortening Life [158]—How Dead Is Brain-Dead? [162]

9: Attempts to Undermine Morality 175

Relativism [175]—Reductionism [179]

10: A Battlefield of Good and Evil 189

11: Conclusion 193

For Further Reading 195

Index 197

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