Doctorate of Philosophy – The Biblical Response to Abortion

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Degree Program: Doctorate of Philosophy in The Biblical Response to Abortion

Course Description:

This advanced Doctorate of Philosophy course delves into the intricate intersection of biblical theology and bioethics, with a particular focus on the biblical response to abortion. Engaging with contemporary issues and ethical dilemmas, this course explores the nuanced perspectives within Christian thought on abortion, addressing questions related to exceptions, pro-choice arguments, and the status of embryos.

Course Objectives:

  1. Biblical Foundations: Students will undertake an in-depth study of biblical perspectives on the sanctity of life, exploring relevant passages and theological principles that inform the Christian stance on the beginning and sanctity of human life.
  2. Abortion in Biblical Context: This course critically examines biblical responses to abortion, considering historical, cultural, and theological contexts. Students will explore diverse viewpoints within the biblical narrative and grapple with the complexities of applying ancient principles to modern bioethical debates.
  3. Exceptions for Abortion: The course will engage with the question of exceptions for abortion, considering scriptural references and theological reasoning. Students will critically evaluate various perspectives on when, if ever, abortion might be ethically justifiable according to biblical principles.
  4. Pro-Choice Arguments: A thorough examination of pro-choice arguments will be undertaken, analyzing the theological, ethical, and philosophical underpinnings. Students will engage in critical dialogue, evaluating these arguments in light of biblical principles and theological frameworks.
  5. Embryonic Ethics: The status of embryos in biblical thought will be explored, addressing questions related to personhood, the beginning of life, and the ethical implications of various reproductive technologies. Students will consider how biblical principles apply to contemporary advances in reproductive science.
  6. Ethical Decision-Making: The course will equip students with the tools to engage in ethical decision-making informed by biblical principles. Practical applications of ethical theories within the Christian worldview will be explored in the context of bioethical dilemmas.
  7. Research and Dissertation: As a culmination of the program, students will undertake a comprehensive research project and develop a doctoral dissertation focusing on a specific aspect of the biblical response to abortion or related bioethical issues.

This course is designed for scholars who seek to integrate biblical wisdom into contemporary bioethical discussions, with a particular emphasis on the complex and sensitive topic of abortion. Graduates will be prepared to contribute thoughtfully and ethically to discussions surrounding the sanctity of life and bioethical considerations in various professional and academic settings.

What Will You Learn?

  • In the "Bioethics and Biblical Perspectives on Life" course within the Doctorate of Philosophy in Biblical Studies program, you will gain a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of various aspects related to bioethics, with a specific focus on the biblical response to abortion. The course will cover the following key areas:
  • Biblical Foundations: You will explore foundational biblical principles and passages that underpin the Christian understanding of the sanctity of life. This includes an in-depth examination of theological perspectives on the beginning and sacredness of human life.
  • Abortion in Biblical Context: The course will delve into the biblical response to abortion, considering historical, cultural, and theological contexts. You will analyze diverse viewpoints within the biblical narrative and grapple with the application of ancient principles to contemporary bioethical debates.
  • Exceptions for Abortion: The curriculum will critically examine the question of exceptions for abortion, evaluating scriptural references and theological reasoning. You will engage with various perspectives on when, if ever, abortion might be ethically justifiable according to biblical principles.
  • Pro-Choice Arguments: The course will provide a thorough exploration of pro-choice arguments, allowing you to analyze the theological, ethical, and philosophical foundations. Through critical dialogue, you will assess these arguments in light of biblical principles and theological frameworks.
  • Embryonic Ethics: You will study the status of embryos in biblical thought, addressing questions related to personhood, the beginning of life, and the ethical implications of reproductive technologies. This includes considering how biblical principles apply to modern advances in reproductive science.
  • Ethical Decision-Making: The curriculum will equip you with tools for ethical decision-making informed by biblical principles. You will explore practical applications of ethical theories within the Christian worldview, particularly in the context of bioethical dilemmas.
  • Research and Dissertation: As a culmination of your studies, you will undertake a comprehensive research project and develop a doctoral dissertation focusing on a specific aspect of the biblical response to abortion or related bioethical issues. This hands-on research experience will deepen your understanding and contribute to the scholarly conversation in the field.
  • Overall, this course is designed to prepare you to integrate biblical wisdom into contemporary bioethical discussions, fostering critical thinking, ethical reflection, and the ability to engage with sensitivity on complex issues related to the sanctity of life.

Course Content

The Biblical Response to Abortion

  • Introduction
    00:00
  • The Biblical Response to Abortion
    00:00
  • Final Course Essay
    00:00

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