How Philosophy Took over My Mom’s Group

A few months ago, some mom friends and I decided to start a mom’s group. For the un-initiated, this means tea/coffee, food, kids playing, chit-chat about this or that, no dudes. Yes, we exclude males. Well, at least grown up ones. Males of the offspring variety are allowed 🙂

We meet once a week, after a few weeks we thought it would be fun to do a book study. Since a few of us are church-workers/wanna-be church workers/former church workers,  we gravitated toward something kind of heavy and picked Holy People, Holy Lives by Richard Eyer.

The tldr; is it’s about bioethics. Specifically, religious bioethics and how Christians understand and make decisions about choices that are available as a result of medical technology: withholding or withdrawing treatment in illness, euthanasia, abortion, among other things.

I haven’t thought much about philosophy since I took my last Philosophy class in college, but I guess the Theology and Philosophy degree comes in a little bit handy every so often. I have a vague recollection of Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Hume, Kant, Aristotle, Plato. Thankfully, chapter two is basically remedial philosophy and it goes over how people do ethics and how we’ve come around to the way we think about bioethics today with a brief summary of how each of the above mentioned philosophers work impacts our current world view.

I suspect this book study will prompt more posts before it’s all said and done. Stay tuned.

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