Bioethicist Addresses JBU Students, Faculty and Staff

Siloam Springs, Ark (January 29, 2002) — Bioethicist Dr. John Kilner spoke at John Brown University today, addressing ethical questions raised by the recent advances in genetic research. Kilner, who is the director of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Bannockburn, Ill., spoke to students, faculty and staff about embryonic and adult stem cell research and human cloning, and how to deal with those issues ethically from a Biblical viewpoint. He dealt specifically with ‘beginning of life’ ethical issues, such as abortion and human cloning, and ‘end of life’ issues such as suffering and death.

Kilner first came to John Brown University on Sept. 11, the day his speech was originally scheduled, but the lecture was postponed because of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. After staying in Siloam Springs for several days because of the airline problems following the attacks, Kilner returned to his home near Chicago. JBU rescheduled Kilner to speak Tuesday, Jan. 29, when he spoke in JBU’s morning chapel service and later led a discussion of bioethical issues for JBU students, faculty and staff.

Kilner holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale, a M. Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph. D. in religious ethics from Harvard. He has written numerous articles in medical, religious and ethical journals. Kilner has also contributed to 11 books. John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of over 1,600 students from 45 states and 33 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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