Dr. Dennis Sullivan(right) and Patricia Bennett of Cedarville University receive a check for support from Joe Harkleroad, president of the Greene County Community Foundation. Photo courtesy of the Greene County Community Foundation.
by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio
May 28, 2008
Cedarville, Ohio—With recent advances in technology, many Christians find themselves wondering about the biblical perspective on controversial issues like stem cell research, euthanasia and environmentalism.
Cedarville’s Center for Bioethics desires to meet this need by articulating, defending and educating others about a biblical view of bioethics. The Center recently received a $1,000 grant from the Greene County Community Foundation, also known as Greene Giving.
“The Center for Bioethics was an opportunity to work with Cedarville University,” says Ed Marrinan, executive director of Greene Giving. “We've had a great relationship with the University and look forward to future opportunities to invest in the school.” Offering similar support to other local colleges, the Foundation donated the grant as part of a larger project to improve targeted areas in the region. The Center plans to use the grant to purchase a computer projector for various speaking engagements.
The Cedarville Center for Bioethics was founded in 2006, purposing to engage and influence the broader American culture. “We are a ‘think-tank’ for evangelical bioethics,” says Dr. Dennis Sullivan, professor of biology at Cedarville University and director of the Center for Bioethics. “We need to have Christian voices in the public square,” he says, “using values that resonate with others without necessarily using theological language.”
Sullivan achieves this goal by speaking at public events, publishing articles in various national journals, and broadcasting relevant podcasts on the Center’s website. One of the grander projects is to establish a journal dedicated to the intersection of bioethics and theology. The Center also plans to conduct ground-breaking research on issues such as “The Abortifacient Potential of Plan B” (better known as the “morning-after pill”) and “Healthcare Providers’ Rights of Conscience.” Both issues have stirred heated debate among Christians and non-Christians alike.
The Center would also be responsible to provide resources and research opportunities for any master’s program offered by Cedarville’s Department of Science and Mathematics in the area of bioethics. Sullivan is currently working with other Center associates to write a bioethics textbook, designed specifically for college students desiring to enter a healthcare-related field.
No matter how many of its goals the Center accomplishes, it is committed to promote the sanctity of human life. “In the end, all bioethical concerns come down to one’s view of the dignity of mankind as made in the image of God,” shares Sullivan. “Humans were created by God, and that is what gives them value and worth.”
Cedarville University Center for Bioethics