Study Notes (26 JAN 2015)
Notes from a lecture on bioethics:
Fundamentalism and fanaticism are not the same as Orthodoxy.
The clergy may be experts in some fields but they cannot be experts in all fields. And yet the clergy, bishops in particular bur also priests, are routinely asked to offer opinions on the widest variety of topics. Unless the clergy learn to consult with and listen to the real experts in whatever field the question belongs to, they often give erroneous opinions due to their lack of knowledge on the matter.
Just because we can do something goes not mean that we should. Just because we can build a nuclear weapon does not mean that we should, or just because we are technologically capable of polluting our own planet (from which we as of now have no way of escaping to a different one) and killing off many species of animals, does not mean that this is good idea. Technology must be guided not by scientific curiosity, or some notion of “progress,” or geopolitical greed or fear, but by moral and ethical values of what is truly good for humanity.
“The passion of greed is revealed when one is happy in receiving but unhappy in giving.” –St. Maximus the Confessor
For many people, their belief in technology is greater than their belief in God, and so they measure God against technological or scientific advances instead of measuring technological advances against God’s purpose for our lives.