Bioethics and the Bible

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

In the midst of societal wrangling over cloning, stem cell research, assisted suicide, and the environment, Cedarville University has announced the opening of its new Center for Bioethics.

The Center’s director, Dr. Dennis Sullivan, professor of biology, explains, “The purpose of the Center for Bioethics is to teach students to understand bioethical issues from a biblical perspective and to engage and influence the broader American culture.” The Center is committed to scholarships in bioethics, engaging the culture in areas such as human valuing, teaching and publications on bioethics, and dialoguing with students, the community, and healthcare providers regarding bioethical issues.

Dr. Sullivan’s research and writing interests include biomedical ethics, cross-cultural medicine, and exercise physiology. A former medical missionary, he is a member of organizations such as the American Medical Association, the Christian Medical Association, and the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. A Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery (1992) and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (1996), his most recent degree was an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity University.

Joining Dr. Sullivan are Center Associates Dr. John Silvius, senior professor of biology, and Dr. Susan Salladay, professor of nursing. Dr. Silvius will specialize in environmental ethics while Dr. Salladay focuses on clinical ethics.

The Center’s inaugural Fellow is Aaron Costerisan. He is a third-year medical student at Loyola University, now on sabbatical, studying under the mentorship of the Center. He is also pursuing an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity University.

The Center’s Website offers visitors a number of bioethical resources as well as a featured blog by one of the Center Associates.