Faithful Reason About Stem Cells

From Web Exclusives

Two years ago, William Saletan¯Slate.com’s science reporter¯compared the typical approaches of Jewish and Catholic thinkers to bioethical questions . "The Catholics were clear about what was moral and what wasn’t. The Jews were fuzzy." He quoted Eric Cohen, a Jewish . . . . Continue Reading »

Update on Stem-Cell Research

From Web Exclusives

It made the front page of the New York Times , but don’t let that dissuade you¯reports today about new ethical sources of embryonic-type stem cells are credible, and they are very good news. Of course, there is still a long way to go before this particular method will be tested on humans . . . . Continue Reading »

Debates, Conferences, Controversy!

From Web Exclusives

For the past few weeks, Michael Novak¯a member of the First Things editorial board and a frequent contributor to the magazine¯has been blogging at the Encyclopedia Britannica site about religion, America, and the Founding Fathers. On these topics, you’ll probably remember his April . . . . Continue Reading »

Moralism and UK Adoption Laws

From Web Exclusives

Overweening moralism is, if you believe most of what you read in the newspapers, the unique sin of conservative religious people. Of course, it isn’t actually true¯as witness this latest example of moralism, a secular-liberal moralism imposed by law, from Great Britain. At issue was . . . . Continue Reading »

Struggling Alone

From the February 2007 Print Edition

He came out to me in an email. I’ve known him for years, long enough that I can’t remember when we first met, and we were recently emailing back and forth about our lives, our futures—the kind of stuff separated friends discuss. Along the way he mentioned, in an aside, that he had some . . . . Continue Reading »