Category Archives: Science


by on February 24th, 2015

For some people, scientific research on the subject of same-sex parenting is irrelevant. A new volume is meant for those who still approach the topic of parenting and sexuality with open minds. According to the best data, average life outcomes for children raised by parents in same-sex relationships tend to resemble those of children raised by single and divorced parents.

by on February 17th, 2015

Neurons that fire together wire together. BDSM causes the neural networks controlling sexual arousal, aggression, and fear to become dangerously intertwined. An examination of the phenomenon of BDSM from the perspective of a psychiatrist.

by on February 10th, 2015

Published research employing the New Family Structures Study (NFSS), the ECLS (Early Childhood Longitudinal Study), the US Census (ACS), the Canadian Census, and now the NHIS all reveal a comparable basic narrative, namely, that children who grow up with a married mother and father fare best.

by on January 30th, 2015

The fertility industry has absolutely no interest in doing the studies and the research that are needed to protect women.

by on January 8th, 2015

Jonathan Eig’s new book tells the story of the invention and popularization of the contraceptive pill. A pleasant, biographically-inflected history, the book repeats standard post-sexual revolution rhetoric, untroubled by too much complexity.

by on January 7th, 2015

The evisceration of its epistemology constitutes the real war on science.

by on October 30th, 2014

The traditional pillars of religion that support a view of God as transcendent Creator remain unshaken by the discoveries of modern science.

by on September 17th, 2014

To love our children well, we must equip them with a strong education in the sciences as well as the liberal arts.

by on August 14th, 2014

Traditional religion, with its reliance on an authoritarian God, its understanding of humans as sinners, and its grounding in particular times and places, provides the only stable foundation for affirming the sanctity of human life and enabling human flourishing in new cosmic situations.

by on August 11th, 2014

Churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to think pornography, cohabitation, hook-ups, adultery, polyamory, and abortion are acceptable. And it’s reasonable to expect continued change in more permissive directions.

by on June 20th, 2014

A future without religion will be a future diminished, for faith—but only a certain kind of faith—is absolutely necessary in the space age.

by on June 12th, 2014

Senator Rubio was on solid ground in saying science has settled the question of when a human being's life begins. Science does not need to wait on philosophy’s pronouncements to investigate what the human embryo is and when its life begins.

by on June 3rd, 2014

Egg freezing does not really beat biology. It buys a small chance at giving birth, but at a very high price indeed.

by on June 2nd, 2014

“Science” can tell us when life begins, provided that we already know what to look for. Empirical biology alone cannot tell us what that is. Once we establish a metaphysical account of life, then empirical embryology can tell us whether the relevant conditions are met.

by on May 15th, 2014

Paradoxically, to speak intelligibly about the matters that concern them, contemporary intellectuals must appreciate the unintelligibility of the world in which those matters take place.

by on April 15th, 2014

Steven Pinker understands the limits of scientific knowledge no better than the fundamentalist understands the limits of biblical knowledge.

by on March 20th, 2014

The creation of three-parent embryos is not an innocuous medical treatment—it is a macabre form of eugenic human cloning.

by on March 6th, 2014

The ability to both produce all cell types and to organize them into a coherent body plan is the defining feature of a human organism. All stem cells lack essential elements supplied by the egg cell and cannot develop into a fetus.

by on February 26th, 2014

Biology continues to offer us new and exciting insights into the world. These insights need to be integrated into a philosophical perspective that is richer than the reductive materialism that is often linked with the empirical sciences. In this endeavor, biology needs the philosophy of nature.

by on February 11th, 2014

A surprising new method for making stem cells offers scientists an easy alternative to destroying human embryos. But there is a disturbing possibility that the technique may create not stem cells but actual cloned embryos.

by on January 28th, 2014

Men and women struggling with infertility know real heartache. However, as citizens of a country founded on the struggle for rights and freedom, Americans have a civic and moral duty to confront laws that marginalize the already marginalized and threaten to create a second-class citizenry.

by on January 16th, 2014

If we believe that human beings should not be for sale and should not be trafficked or manufactured like products, and if we believe that women deserve better than to be treated as mere baby machines, then we must oppose third-party reproduction.

by on December 10th, 2013

Hidden behind misleading terminology, the facts emerge: emergency contraceptives such as Ella and hormonal IUDs can and do cause abortions

by on October 9th, 2013

New neurological research reveals that porn is as potently addictive as heroin or cocaine.

by on October 4th, 2013

Adults are bending time and space to satisfy their desire for children by adopting long-frozen embryos.

by on September 23rd, 2013

Is it wrong to study the natural sciences using a metaphysical framework that sees unity in reality?

by on August 1st, 2013

The layman’s understanding of the world can’t be considered mere guesswork—it’s the necessary starting point for understanding reality.

by on July 31st, 2013

While evolutionary theory shows us that we can’t divide living things into stable, distinct species, this doesn’t mean that it imperils the foundations of knowledge.

by on June 26th, 2013

Thinking presupposes a functioning brain, but it cannot be reduced to the brain.

by on June 12th, 2013

Darwin rejected a theory of knowledge that best accords with the common experience of the expert and the layman: a process of induction or intuition whereby sense impressions become memories, and memories become experience.

by on June 11th, 2013

The “eye test” is no more a problem for the evolutionary origin of species than it is for the atomic structure of matter or for the motion of the earth.

by on June 10th, 2013

Darwin’s evolutionary theory doesn’t ask us to “overlook” how we usually “behold the face of nature,” but instead asks us to consider more carefully what we do see.

by on May 29th, 2013

Darwin’s evolutionary theory rests on a problematic premise: Our senses don’t tell us the truth about nature.

by on April 10th, 2013

It remains unclear whether sexual orientation is genetically determined. Even if it is, that doesn’t justify advocacy for same-sex marriage.

by on February 21st, 2013

The invention of Rex, a bionic man with artificially created organs, helps us see why it is impossible for any machine to be a human being.

by on February 13th, 2013

With money as the biggest incentive for sperm donation, donors are set up to be absent fathers. Politicians, charitable organizations, academics, and donors themselves should counter the ills of sperm donation through law, journalism, and funding for anti-sperm donation advocacy. The second of a two-part series.

by on February 12th, 2013

Commercialized sperm “donation” degrades and objectifies men, promotes a culture of irresponsible parenting, and hurts children conceived through donation. The first of a two-part series.

by on January 30th, 2013

Religion isn’t outdated simply because some people claim that we can only know what the natural sciences tell us. Philosophy and theology are the next steps in our search for truth about nature, human nature, and God.

by on December 20th, 2012

Young adult men’s support for redefining marriage may not be entirely the product of ideals about expansive freedoms, rights, liberties, and fairness. It may be, in part, a byproduct of regular exposure to diverse and graphic sex acts.

by on December 12th, 2012

Science can and should help determine sound public policy on matters that involve basic human rights.

by on November 16th, 2012

A physician-philosopher argues that modern medicine is oriented toward the dead body because it is no longer informed by an ultimate purpose for human existence.

by on October 31st, 2012

Mark Regnerus’s response to his critics shows more clearly that instability is characteristic of same-sex relationships and that stable same-sex parented households are virtually non-existent. Second of a two-part series.

by on October 30th, 2012

Attacks on sociologist Mark Regnerus after he challenged the “no differences” thesis haven’t obscured the high quality of the New Family Structures Study or its troubling findings. The first of a two-part series.

by on October 29th, 2012

Richard Mourdock’s comment didn’t imply that God wills rape; instead, it reminds us that God wills a great good in the coming-to-be of any human life, regardless of the evil circumstances surrounding its conception.

by on October 25th, 2012

Distinguished philosopher Thomas Nagel rejects both evolutionary materialism and theism as adequate accounts of the origin and nature of human life, proposing instead a naturalistic “nonpurposive teleology.” But naturalistic teleology, just like existence itself, calls for a cause that transcends the created order.

by on August 7th, 2012

A report from The Witherspoon Council, a newly-formed bioethics body, argues that even the noblest aspirations of the scientific enterprise must be guided by ethics and governed under political authority.

by on June 14th, 2012

Two new peer-reviewed studies show that family structure matters and children do best when reared by their married biological mother and father.

by on April 13th, 2012

Nature exhibits finality and purpose in its various activities, and chance is not, indeed cannot be, an explanation for this activity.

by on March 1st, 2012

The fertility industry is booming because we desire genetic and memetic immortality—the preservation and reproduction of our bodies and ways of life.

by on November 9th, 2011

Think overpopulation, poverty, climate change, and abortion can all be solved by more birth control? Think again.

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by Katy Faust on February 2nd, 2015
Take it from the adult child of a loving gay parent: redefining marriage promotes a family structure in which children suffer.
by Jean Lloyd on December 10th, 2014
May I make two requests? Love me, but remember that you cannot be more merciful than God. It isn’t mercy to affirm same-sex acts as good. Don’t compromise truth; help me to live in harmony with it.
by Mark Regnerus on August 11th, 2014
Churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to think pornography, cohabitation, hook-ups, adultery, polyamory, and abortion are acceptable. And it’s reasonable to expect continued change in more permissive directions.
by Andrew T. Walker, Glenn Stanton on February 4th, 2015
For parents with LGBT children, Christianity offers an alternative to false dilemmas of affirmation or abandonment.
by Alana S. Newman on August 2nd, 2013
Third party reproduction corrupts the parent-child relationship and disrespects the humanity of donor-conceived people.

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