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The conception view of personhood: a review.

  title={The conception view of personhood: a review.},
  author={Dennis M. Sullivan},
  journal={Ethics \& medicine : a Christian perspective on issues in bioethics},
  volume={19 1},
  • D. Sullivan
  • Published 2003
  • Psychology
  • Ethics & medicine : a Christian perspective on issues in bioethics
In the first case, naturalism has led to a devaluation of human beings, who no longer have inherent dignity and worth, and there is no ultimate purpose for man.i Since we are all just the random result of evolution, there is no basis for law or morality, and death is the end of personal existence. In the second case, postmodernism has promoted the idea that meaning and purpose are illusory goals not even worth pursuing. 

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Destruction of the human embryo in stem cell research and the moral status of the unborn in the South African regulatory framework - a Christian assessment

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  • J. Robertson
  • Law, Medicine
    Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine
  • 1992
A legal and ethical consensus is emerging that preembryos are not legal persons or moral subjects, although they are owed special respect because of their ability to implant and come to term.

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