POGOS: Patrick T. Smith on the Threat of Idolatry in Medical Practice

Jonathan Rutledge
Saturday 10 August 2019

This week in Pogos we welcome Professor Patrick Smith back to the podcast. In it, he walks us through a recap over questions of transhumanism and the Gospel, followed by a discussion of what is wrong with much of the discussion surrounding euthanasia and medical vitalism. We hope you enjoy!


Patrick T. Smith (Associate Research Professor of Theological Ethics and Bioethics & Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics @ Duke University) is, along with his appointment at the Divinity School, is associate faculty with the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. He has specific academic interests in the areas of bioethics, social ethics, Black Church studies, and philosophical theology. He was named a 2016-2017 Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology. His work and service in bioethics and social ethics has spanned academic, professional, community, and ecclesial spaces.


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Jonathan C Rutledge is a producer and host of the Logos Institute’s official podcast, Pogos. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied under Linda T. Zagzebski, and he holds a Ph.D. in divinity from the University of St Andrews where he studied under Alan J. Torrance and where he currently serves as a research fellow. His primary academic interests lie in the areas of epistemology, philosophy of religion, and systematic & analytic theology. His current projects include a monograph on the nature of forgiveness & a sacrificial model of atonement, philosophical Arminianism as an account of divine creation, and constructing a Foley-inspired account of epistemic rationality & defeat.


Kimberley Kroll is a Ph.D
. candidate at the Logos Insitute writing, under the supervision of Professor Michael C. Rea and Doctor T.J. Lang, on the nature of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. She plans to provide a biblical account of the Indwelling such that an ontological model of the Spirit’s Indwelling can be faithfully constructed. 









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