Remaking America by George Shollenberger, Idea XXXXXXXXIX (A Nation Under God, XV)
On life, the Catholic Church says that human life begins at conception. Some scientists thus say that the embryo is a human being. But other scientists say that the embryo is not a human being.
What is conception? I view conception as a whole, which has an uncountable number of parts. Such a whole is a holistic whole or a thing made by God. This thing forms when a sperm, egg, and spiritual atom become one and form a human being. (On pages 210-220 of ‘The First Scientific Proof of God,’ I discuss the spiritual atom.)
The togetherness of the sperm, egg, and spiritual atom occurs in the body of a female human. However, the things we find everywhere are not containers that can be filled with things as a glass can be filled with water. Thus, the sperm, egg, and spiritual atom are things that become functionally related.
If the oneness of the sperm/egg/spirit atom is removed from a female about nine months after conception, a new human being will enter the universe. If the oneness of the sperm/egg/spiritual atom is removed from a female prior to the nine-month period, the oneness of the sperm/egg will enter the universe, if frozen, and the spiritual atom will be freed. Thus, when God created the best of all worlds, it was necessary that all spiritual atoms could be freed so they could not be destroyed by ignorance.
So, stem cell research and its supporters must answer the question: ‘Is it moral to terminate the development of a child in a woman so that stem cell research can proceed? If this question cannot be answered by stem cell researchers, they must develop alternatives. They must ask, ‘ Is there another alternative so that stem cell research can proceed?’ One possible alternative is to develop the best togetherness between a sperm and an egg. This togetherness might inform us how to make medical procedures that can, for example, form a new leg, a heart, a finger, a lung, etc. for any needy person.
Stem cell research is very inviting. But I say that it must walk forward with moral philosophy and natural philosophy.