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Is the  measure of human morals in how we use the knowledge and power given to  us?

Comment # 1

Meilaender expresses his distinction between procreation and  reproduction by describing procreation as the gift of life given to us  by our creator himself and reproduction as the manufacturing of life  by assisted technologies. Begotten translates as the transmission of  life from parent to child, “to come into being.” Being  made refers to the human manufacturing of new life via assisted  reproductive technologies. God designed procreation in the perfect  union of man and woman and Christians believe it to be not a right or  means of self-fulfillment but as a gift from god. The blessing of a  child in a marriage between man and wife is Gods perfect design. There  are many married couples who struggle with achieving pregnancy.  Because of science, there are a multitude of options to achieve  pregnancy when it is not occurring naturally. The desire to be a  parent is so strong for some couples that reproduction through means  of science is the only way they feel they can ever be successful.  Methods including invitro fertilization, sperm doors, and surrogacy  are heavily debated topics among Christians (Meilaender, 2013). Is man  creating life in a laboratory and overstepping his bounds by taking  the creation of life into his own hands? Yet God gave us knowledge and  intellect to discover how life begins from sperm and egg. Is the  measure of human morals in how we use the knowledge and power given to  us? I have two children that I believe are gifts from God, but I do  not feel that I can sit in judgment of a person’s desire to  become a parent and raise a child with love.


Meilaender, G. (2013). Bioethics a primer for  christians (3rded.). Grand Rapids, Michigan:  William B Eerdmans Publishing Company. Retrieved from


Meilaender makes clear distinctions between the natural (begotten) procreation, and unnatural (made) reproduction. In the technological world of today, there are countless ways to create, carry, and birth a baby. However, just because the end “product” is the same, does not mean it was done in the same way.

In procreation,    the love-giving is life-giving between a husband and a wife.    Procreation is the product of mutual and powerful love. A child who is begotten and not made embodies the love and union of father and  mother. They have not simply reproduced themselves, and the child is not an affect, but the power of their mutual love has given life to another.

Assisted reproduction and fertilization in the laboratory destroys precisely    those features that distinguish procreation from reproduction. Meilaender cautions at using the human body as an “object” for these desirous wills, as it may become    tempting to begin to view ourselves as only free spirit and not    attached to our body. In addition, one may find themselves as    viewing the child as a “product”- made, and not begotten, of our rational will rather than the offspring of our passions and left to God’s will.

Do I agree with his description? Yes I do. I was raised Catholic and every Sunday    where we professed the Nicene Creed. When I hear the word     “begotten”, this is the first thing that comes to my    mind. “We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of    God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from    Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with    the Father.” (Wright, 2018). There are some Christians that do    not support the artificial reproduction of human life, which it is    the will of God to have children and not something to be taken into    the hands of humans. There are others that will argue that the bible    only speaks of pregnancy in a positive light that brings happiness    and joy, and that assisted reproduction is still a life that is    being brought into this world as a creation from 2 people. The    Catholic Church does not condone it in any sense or for any reason,    and does not even condone contraception.


Meilaender, G.    (2013). Bioethics: A primer for Christians. Grand Rapids,    Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

Wright, W.    (2018). The Nicene Creed: Explained. Retrieved from


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