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The Bioethics Podcast

The Bioethics Podcast

By The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity
The Bioethics Podcast is an audio resource exploring the pressing bioethical challenges of our day featuring staff, fellows, and associates of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity.
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Heather Zeiger - Fetal Tissue Research & Christian Bioethics

The Bioethics Podcast

Heather Zeiger - Fetal Tissue Research & Christian Bioethics
In this episode of the podcast, CBHD Executive Director Matthew Eppinette interviews Heather Zeiger, CBHD Research Analyst as well as editor and project manager of our recently released report on “Fetal Tissue Research and Christian Bioethics.” This report has been several years in the making, and arrives at a particularly important time – fetal tissue research has been much in the news during the development of the COVID vaccines, and the recent Dobbs decision by the U.S. Supreme Court may very well have implications for this research. Matthew and Heather discuss these topics and much more in this episode. To find out more about CBHD and to support our work, please visit To view the Fetal Tissue Research & Christian Bioethics report, visit Please follow & share this podcast to get the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity's message and vision to all who need to hear it! Thank you!
September 01, 2022
Rev. W.F. “Bo” Collins, III | Senior Pastor of Lakeview Presbyterian Church in Vernon Hills, IL
CBHD Executive Director, Matthew Eppinette, interviews his senior pastor, Bo Collins regarding his recent attendance at CBHD's summer conference Pastors Workshop in Deerfield Illinois at the end of June.  Bo gives insight and feedback into the topics covered within the workshop, and even turns the tables on Matthew; the interviewer becomes the interviewee! Bo is from Birmingham, AL. He holds degrees from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (BA, English) and Covenant Theological Seminary (MDiv). He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in while serving on the pastoral staff of Riveroaks Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Memphis, TN. Bo and his wife, Katie, have three sons, Fraser, Elliot, & Bruce.  He loves bike racing, blues guitar, explaining the Bible, and growing in his ability to serve the LORD’s people and the church. Rev. Collins has served as the pastor of Lakeview Presbyterian Church since 2018.
August 02, 2022
Dr. Jeff Barrows - Conscience on the Front Lines (2022 Annual Conference Plenary)
This episode features Dr. Jeff Barrows (Senior Vice President of Bioethics and Public Policy for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations) and will provide stories of conscience involving healthcare professionals seeking to practice medicine according to Biblical and Hippocratic principles, but have been confronted with scenarios in which they were faced with a choice of either violating their conscience or the possibility of losing employment. Dr. Barrows will also briefly discuss the framework in which practicing healthcare professionals can evaluate the validity of their conscience concerns.
July 07, 2022
Dr. Brent Waters - An Introduction to Reproductive Technologies
Join us as we hear Bryan Just read an Introduction to Reproductive Technologies by Dr. Brent Waters who is part of the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity as a Senior Fellow. This comes to us at the perfect time as our Pastors Conference, in conjunction with our CBHD Annual Conference, focuses on Reproductive Technologies.  If you or someone you know is a pastor or church leader, please pass along the FREE pastors workshop website at
June 15, 2022
CBHD Staff Roundtable Discussion
Join the CBHD staff as we discuss the general topic of bioethics, meet team members you may not know yet, and discuss what the near future holds for the center!
May 27, 2022
A Tribute to Robert D. Orr
Although our plan was to start our season earlier this year, we're now starting season 22 with a tribute to Robert D. Orr.  His legacy in medical ethics will be remembered in many ways, and we count ourselves here at CBHD lucky that we are one of those many ways through the Robert D. Orr Endowed Fellowship. This tribute was originally published in our Spring/Summer 2021 Issue of Dignitas, authored by John Kilner, and read by Bryan Just.
May 17, 2022
An Interview with Robert D. Orr Fellow, Anna Vollema
Anna Vollema works at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity where she serves as the Research Analyst and Robert D. Orr Fellow. She holds a double MA in Old and New Testament from Talbot School of Theology in southern California. She continues her education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, seeking to better her knowledge of the character of God through obtaining a PhD in Old Testament. She previously taught Elementary Greek for the school, and the excellence of her students only deepened the desire to continue teaching. Also holding a degree in Psychology, research in the area of Bioethics offers her the chance to further explore the nature of human flourishing, asking complex questions regarding not only what humankind is capable of, but also what they should pursue in light of the nature of God and that of his creation. Anna's family is spread out across the United States, including several churches, whose people comprise an extension of her family.
December 21, 2021
Kristina Twitty: Bioethicist, Advocate, Speaker, Entrepreneur, and More
This episode of the podcast features an interview with Kristina Twitty, a graduate of the MA Bioethics program here at our host institution, Trinity International University. In this interview, we’ll get to know Kristina and hear about how she came to be interested in the issues of bioethics. And she’ll tell us about a new venture she’s started to assist people in thinking through the personal implications of various decisions regarding life and health, particularly choices around reproductive technologies as well as decisions that come to the fore nearer to the end of life.
December 02, 2021
Kristina Twitty
December 02, 2021
Christian Faithfulness and Transhumanism
This edition of the podcast features a talk by CBHD Executive Director Matthew Eppinette, MBA, PhD, entitled "Transhumanism and Christian Faithfulness." The talk was originally presented in Trinity’s Graduate and Divinity School chapel on November 16, 2021. The address is part of a semester-long series on Technology and the Church, and all of the messages in this series are available on Trinity International University’s YouTube channel.
November 18, 2021
Disposition of the Heart
In this episode of the podcast, Anna Vollema, CBHD's Robert D. Orr Endowed Fellow, reads "Disposition of the Heart," written by Jessica Garske, MDiv. This article was originally published on Intersections and is the first in a three-part series on disability. Jessica holds an MDiv with a concentration in Missions and Intercultural Studies from Talbot School of Theology. Her master's thesis offers church leaders a model of disability conceptualized from the Christian worldview which seeks to help inform church praxis when handling matters of disability in the congregational setting.
November 05, 2021
An Interview with Wilson Jeremiah
In this episode the Executive Director of CBHD, Matthew Eppinette, PhD, interviews CBHD's former Robert D. Orr Fellow, Wilson Jeremiah, MA.
October 22, 2021
Human Flourishing: In Sickness and In Health
The following lecture by Allen Verhey, MD, was originally presented at our 20th annual conference in 2013. All sessions from this conference are available to CBHD members here: Interested in becoming a CBHD member? Learn more here:
October 08, 2021
Conference Update: It's Not Too Late!
Did you miss the live sessions of our 28th annual conference, Bioethics & the Body? It's not too late! Don't miss your chance to learn from our amazing lineup of plenary speakers and workshops.  Register now through July 3rd and receive access to the recorded versions of all of our conference sessions through July 31st:
June 28, 2021
Breathtaking Decisions: Ethics at the End of Life
The following lecture by Robert D. Orr, MD, was originally presented at Cutting Edge Bioethics: Human Life on the Line in 2005. All sessions from this conference are available to CBHD members here: Interested in becoming a CBHD member? Learn more here:
June 03, 2021
Biblical and Theological 'Givens' for Responsible Christian Thinking About Death by D.A. Carson
The following lecture by D. A. Carson, PhD was originally presented at CBHD's 26th Annual Conference Taking Care: Perspectives for the End of Life. All conference sessions are available for purchase here:
June 03, 2021
The Importance of Theological Grounding
In this episode of the podcast, Bryan Just, CBHD's Event & Executive Services Manager, addresses a crucial and much-needed skill to manage today's MedTech world. Bryan's article comes to us from our Intersections forum which is located on our website,
April 27, 2021
A Note from CBHD's Executive Director
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April 14, 2021
When Hippocrates Met Kurzweil: Questions for Human Dignity in the 21st Century
The following lecture by Nigel M. de S. Cameron, PhD, MBA was originally presented at 2015 Summer conference "Science, Research, and the Limits of Bioethics." The enduring legacy of Hippocrates lies in his establishment of medicine as both a scientific and a human enterprise, the foundation not merely for medical practice but the core cultural notion of a profession—an effort founded on both skill and values, with accountability for both baked into the community of those thus committed. The development of “bioethics” in the mid-20th century marked the fraying of both the substantive commitments of the tradition and the professional idea itself—bioethics both as a multi-disciplinary effort to manage growing disagreement, in some cases by re-affirming the substance of the tradition, more generally to assert the “human” character of the enterprise whatever particular values might be brought to it. The attempt of bioethics to bridge into public policy has proved generally ineffective and, despite modest successes, in part counter-productive. As emerging technologies supplant traditional questions at the science/tech/human interface it is plain that we need new models of understanding if we are concerned to affirm the centrality of human dignity, not simply for the 21st century but for, say, the 31st. The exponential character of technological change has only begun to re-shape the conditions for human experience.
March 30, 2021
Are Adenovirus Vaccines (Such as Johnson & Johnson’s) Ethical and Safe
This episode is an update of our recent article "Corona Virus Vaccine Ethics."
March 18, 2021
Prenatal Diagnosis: An Overview of Testing Methods, Their Accuracy, Availability, and Use
David Prentice, PhD, of the Family Research Council, on "Prenatal Diagnosis: An Overview of Testing Methods, Their Accuracy, Availability, and Use" at  the "Managing an Unexpected Prenatal Diagnosis: Critical Considerations for Counselors, Clinicians, and Friends" Conference (July 18, 2013) held at Trinity International University. Co-sponsored by Jerome Lejeune Foundation, USA; The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity; Family Research Council; and Med Students for Life
March 04, 2021
Bioethics and the Body | A Conference Announcement
Learn more about our upcoming summer conference at
February 22, 2021
Coronavirus Vaccine Ethics
This episode of The Bioethics Podcast will cover the five following ethical considerations in regards to the current Covid-19 vaccines: -Whether fast-tracked vaccines that short-cut Phase 3 trials, as in the case of two vaccines out of Russia and three out of China, are safe.  -Whether Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. FDA of any of the vaccine candidates is valid. -Whether challenge trials are ethical, as in the case of the Imperial College of London trial in the UK. -Whether there is a fair way to distribute limited doses of the vaccine, and who should receive a vaccine first. -Whether the first vaccine approved by the FDA is the best vaccine and whether vulnerable populations should get the first vaccine or the “best” vaccine. -Whether people are morally obligated to get a COVID-19 vaccine, especially those who have already had the virus or are low-risk populations. -Whether there is a reason for conscientious objections to certain vaccines based on their development using fetal cell lines. -Whether a vaccine is necessary. -Whether mRNA vaccines, such as Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines, are safe.
February 17, 2021
Moral Injury in the Time of COVID
This podcast episode features a session from our 2020 conference, Bioethics in Real Life: Lessons We're Learning from Covid-19. In it, Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon addresses moral injury in the time of Covid-19.
February 03, 2021
Advent Hope for a MedTech World
Amidst the bustle of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday, and holiday parties, we may forget it is also the season of Advent. In this strange cultural juxtaposition of commercialism gone awry and theologically rich celebrations of historic Christian significance, several thoughts come to mind as we prepare for our holiday celebrations.
December 21, 2020
The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity | Year End Update
Executive Director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity addresses podcast listeners with Center news.
December 09, 2020
Why Humanness is the Key to Bioethics
The following podcast was originally recorded at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity 25th annual conference, Bioethics & Being Human. In this opening session of the conference, Dennis P. Hollinger, PhD delivers a presentation: "Framing the Discussion: Why Humanness is the Key to Bioethics."
November 30, 2020
Disaster Bioethics
October 28, 2020
Opportunity in the Midst of Pandemic
We are living in extraordinary times. For most of the world, the global COVID-19 pandemic is at the forefront of people’s minds. The accompanying uncertainty has been almost palpable, and people are craving every bit of information that they can get their hands on. With most sporting events and other activities cancelled or delayed, the “armchair coaches” have had to turn to other interests; now most people have become “armchair epidemiologists,” debating the merits of mask wearing and physical distancing, weighing the risks of trying to reach heard immunity before a vaccine, and analyzing every facet of the government’s response from local to federal levels.
October 14, 2020
An Interview With Wilson Jeremiah
In this episode the Executive Director of CBHD, Matthew Eppinette, PhD,  interviews the newest Robert D. Orr Fellow, Wilson Jeremiah, MA.
September 30, 2020
Thinking Theologically About Bioethics
Can bioethics be Christian? In the following commentary, we try to offer one perspective on how aspects of Christian theology can inform bioethics. We do not try to engage any one specific bioethical issue from a Christian perspective. Nor do we try to offer any new, groundbreaking way of thinking about bioethics from a theological perspective. Much more modestly, we seek to prime the pump by offering six loosely related points of entry into how to think about bioethics from a distinctively Christian perspective.
September 15, 2020
Plagues, Parables, and Pundits
This episode of The Bioethics Podcast features an article originally posted on written by Michael Cox, PhD. 
May 12, 2020
The Old Testament and Bioethics: An Interview with Mario Tafferner
In this episode the Interim Director of CBHD, Matthew Eppinette, PhD,  interviews former Robert D. Orr Fellow, Mario Tafferner, MA about the intersection of his studies in Old Testament and Bioethics.
April 28, 2020
Moral Agency in Balance: The Physician-Patient Relationship
This episode features an article originally published in CBHD's publication, Dignitas, by Dr. Susan Haack in which she explores the dynamics of the physician-patient relationship as she seeks to understand the continuum of possibilities between overt physician paternalism and unbridled patient autonomy. 
April 16, 2020
New Ethical Challenges in Triage
The resulting dilemma has yet to be even raised let alone considered: what resource allocation decisions are ethical for a healthcare system to make in this scenario? Ethicists must now consider the difficult issues of a groundbreaking third type of triage in civilian Mass Casualty Events (MCEs), in addition to intake and reverse triage.  This address was originally given at CBHD's 2015 Annual Conference, Science, Research, and the Limits of Bioethics.  This podcast is a resource provided by The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity
April 01, 2020
March 23, 2020
March 23, 2020
The Ethics of Emergency Consent Research
The following address by Christine Toevs will briefly review the history of medical research and the regulations surrounding emergency consent research, and discuss the ethics of research in a population that may not truly be informed of the risks and benefits, or even of the research itself. This address was originally given at CBHD's 2015 Annual Conference, Science, Research, and the Limits of Bioethics. This podcast is a resource provided by The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity
March 20, 2020
On Human Bioenhancements
September 24, 2010
To Dialyze or Not to Dialyze
April 30, 2010
May 28, 2009
Do No Harm?
May 08, 2009
Nip & Tuck: A Parable
March 31, 2009
January 27, 2009
Ethics and Metaphysics?
October 17, 2008
Beyond Perfectionism
June 30, 2008
Reproductive Technologies 101
November 17, 2007
Genetically Enhancing Athletes?
September 30, 2007
Chiseling Away at David
August 18, 2007
A Good Death
July 20, 2007
Una buena muerte
July 20, 2007
Una mirada a la Bolita Gris
July 06, 2007
CBHD Classics Volume 1
June 29, 2007
Parenthood Denied
June 08, 2007
A Review of the Novel NEXT
February 23, 2007
End of Life Decisions 101
November 17, 2006
Stem Cells 101
October 06, 2006
The Stem-Cell Veto
July 20, 2006
The Sanctity of Life
June 16, 2006
La santidad de la vida
June 16, 2006
Fighting for David
April 24, 2006
The One Who Smiles A Lot
February 03, 2006