Human Exceptionalism

A Jealous God, by Pamela Winnick, is a Book Worth Reading

I have a book review of A Jealous God in the current edition of First Things. AJG askes whether science is at war with religion. Actually, I report, the author makes a compelling case that the ideology of scientism is at war with orthodox religion because the latter supports and defends the intrinsic value of human life.

After more than a decade working these issues, it takes a lot to stun me. But Winnick succeeded when she wrote about the live fetal experiments that occurred in this country in the late 60s and early 70s–justified by proponents who claimed that fetuses are only “potential” life. When the country found out, there was an outcry. But given the increasing utilitarianism and the concerted advocacy in bioethics, philosophical Darwinism, and other places to dismount man off of the pedestal of exceptionalism, if we began, say, cloned fetal farming for organs or drug testing, would there be an outcry today?

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