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Biotechnology, Human Nature, and Christian Ethics | Gerald McKenny

Author: Allison Collins


In public debates over biotechnology, theologians, philosophers, and political theorists have proposed that biotechnology could have significant implications for human nature. They argue that ethical evaluations of biotechnologies that might affect human nature must take these implications into account. In this book, Gerald McKenny examines these important yet controversial arguments, which have in turn been criticized by many moral philosophers and professional bioethicists. He argues that Christian ethics is, in principle, committed to some version of the claim that human nature has normative status in relation to biotechnology. Showing how both criticisms and defences of this claim have often been facile, he identifies, develops, and critically evaluates three versions of the claim, and contributes a fourth, distinctively Christian version to the debate. Focusing on Christian ethics in conversation with secular ethics, McKenny's book is the first thorough analysis of a controversial contemporary issue. Read More

John Cavadini Receives Monika K. Hellwig Award

Author: Allison Collins

John Cavadini, Professor of Theology; McGrath-Cavadini Director of the Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame, is the 2018 recipient of the Monika K. Hellwig Award from the ACCU (Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities).

The Monika K. Hellwig Award for Outstanding Contributions to Catholic Intellectual Life honors an individual who has significantly advanced Catholic intellectual life. Read More

McGrath Institute receives Lilly Endowment grant for parish ministry enrichment programs

Author: Meg Mirshak

The McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame has been awarded $1 million by Lilly Endowment Inc. to expand programs for ordained and lay pastoral leaders in a shifting ministry landscape. As recipient of planning funds for the Thriving in Ministry Initiative, the McGrath Institute will expand its summer program for diocesan priests and initiate a program that supports the professional and pastoral leadership development of lay ministers early in their careers. Read More

Arts and Letters students awarded funding for summer internships in medicine, law, finance, and art education

Author: Teagan Dillon

With skills forged in the classroom, Arts and Letters students are well prepared to tackle new opportunities and gain valuable real-world experience through summer internships.

The Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program makes these experiences possible by offering students funding to offset travel and cost-of-living expenses for internships in any industry or location. Read More

Anticipating the 2018 Synod of Bishops

Author: Allison Collins

Leonard J. DeLorenzo, concurrent professor of Theology and Director of Notre Dame Vision in the McGrath Institute for Church Life, writes about the 2018 Synod of Bishops for OSV Newsweekly:

The gathering in Rome in October will focus on young people, the Faith and vocational discernment 

In October 2018, bishops from around the world will gather at the Vatican to discuss the pastoral issues and pressing needs of young people, with a special eye toward how they are being prepared (or not) for the demanding task of “vocational discernment.” The upcoming synod assembly follows naturally from the previous one in 2015 that focused on marriage and the family, prompting Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia

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