What does it mean to be human?
The answer to this question seems relatively simple. But in This Mortal Flesh: Incarnation and Bioethics, theologian and ethicist Brent Waters exposes the new and alarming trend of transhumanism — the notion that humans can become something more through scientific and technological advancements.
In the book, Waters considers issues such as biotechnology and physical/cognitive enhancement, reproductive technology, human genetics, embryonic stem cell research and regenerative medicine. Plus, he grounds his thinking in biblical theology.
Recently, Dr. Waters visited the L. Russ Bush Center of Faith and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and presented a lecture on this topic — “Disembodied Bioethics: The Incarnation, Embodiment, and Late Modern Medicine.”
Watch the full lecture above.
Dr. Waters is the Jerre and Mary Joy Professor of Christian Social Ethics, and Director of the Jerre L. and Mary Joy Stead Center for Ethics and Values at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois. He is the author of numerous books and articles. He was the recipient of the Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics in 2016. Waters has served previously as the Director of the Center for Business, Religion and Public Life, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.