Public Policy

A Christian Framework for Engaging in Science Policy

But what is science policy and how should Christians approach science policy? ‘Science policy’ includes public policy about science—federal funding for scientific research, clinical trial regulations, public health policy, or science, math, and engineering education policy. The term ‘science policy’ is also invoked to talk about how science is used to craft public policy, as in the case of using fetal pain research to craft abortion policy.

In order to develop a sound approach for Christian engagement in science policy, we first need to develop a framework for thinking about how to integrate faith with our view of science and our approach to political engagement.

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Reproductive Ethics in an Abortion Driven Culture: Not for Women Only

This lecture was originally delivered as part of the Spring 2010 Bioethics Colloquia hosted by Trinity Graduate School.

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The Case for Prudence in the Public Square


Because we live in a world of constraints, prudence tells us that if we cannot prohibit a social evil entirely, we can limit it through appropriate fences. Building fences around a social evil, as part of a larger strategy to secure justice, precludes what can be prohibited now without admitting the legitimacy of what remains unprohibited. By limiting the harm done or lessening the negative consequences, we do not admit or support the rest of the evil that we do not have the power (legal or political) to touch now.

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Parenthood Denied

It was a short news item, buried on page 19 of the April 11, 2007 edition of the Chicago Tribune, dateline ­Strasbourg. “Woman loses rights to frozen embryos.”  Another predictable story on stem cell research in France?  But, this was not a French biotech dispute. Natallie Evans is a British woman who was left infertile after ovarian cancer treatments.  Prior to her ovaries being removed, she and Howard Johnston, her fiancé, created embryos via in vitro fertilization, and had them frozen.

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