The Secular Turn of Bioethics

ImageFor many people, bioethics is a big word that speaks of heated controversies about cloning, stem cell research or end of life issues.  These debates appear to pit the religious against the secular, and the conservatives against the liberal establishment.  While there is some truth to that, it is a little known fact that bioethics has a humble origin with roots that are religious.  The story of how bioethics turned its back on its former allegiance is all the more pressing since this knowledge can shed some light on the current controversies. Read