Orthodox Christian bioethicist to speak in Eastern Pennsylvania Diocese

Orthodox Christian bioethicist and physician, Dr. Tristram Engelhardt, will explore ethical concerns in health care and western culture from a distinctly Orthodox Christian point of view in several lectures throughout the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania in September 2011.

“Moral pluralism is a reality,” writes Dr. Engelhardt.  “It is grounded, in part, in the intractable pluralism of secular morality and bioethics.  There is a wide gulf that separates secular bioethics from Christian bioethics.  Christian bioethics, unlike secular bioethics, understand that morality is about coming into a relationship with God.  Orthodox Christian bioethics, moreover, understands that the impersonal set of moral principles and goals in secular morality gives a distorted account of the moral life.  Therefore, Traditional Christian bioethics is separated from bioethics by a radical difference in paradigms.”

Dr. Engelhardt holds degrees in medicine and philosophy.  He is professor emeritus in the Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine’ professor in the Department of Philosophy, Rice University; and member of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy.

Lecture schedule:

Wednesday, September 7, 7PM
Western Culture after Christendom
University of Pennsylvania, Houston Hall, Benjamin Franklin Room (218)
3417 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Thursday, September 8, 7:30PM
Christian versus Secular Bioethics: Incompatible Visions of Morality and Reality
University of Scranton
Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall (Room 228)
320 Madison Ave.
Scranton, PA 18510

Friday, September 9, 4PM
Bioethics after Christendom: An Introduction to Some of the Moral Disputes Fragmenting Contemporary Western Culture
Bucknell University, Trout Auditorim (Vaughan Literature Bldg)
Lewisburg, PA 17837

Saturday, September 10, 7PM
The Culture Wars:  Why we Disagree about What Matters Most
Holy Apostles Mission
5006 E. Trindle Rd. Ste 101
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Sunday, September 11, 2PM
Surviving in the Ruins of Christendom
St. Paul Church
156 E. Main St. Emmaus, PA 18049