The contributions to this book explore various questions concerning religious aspects and references in non-religious language, whether in idioms, place names, economic discourses or political rhetoric, and non-religious (among other) aspects and references in religious language, whether in prayers, sacred texts, rituals and religious treatises. The research presented applies a variety of methods, ranging from discourse analysis to onomastics, from sociolinguistics to metaphor analysis. The data come from languages such as Aramaic, Bosnian, German, English, French, Hebrew, Italian, Catalan, Croatian, Latin, Portuguese, Ladino and Spanish.
The Meaning of Life. Religiously Informed Entrance-into-Life Models in the German Media Coverage of Research on Human Embryonic Stems Cells (Martin Döring & Olaf Jäkel)
Johanna Warm 62 Film L’Esquive (2004). Regie: Abdellatif Kechiche. DVD. Frankreich: Noé Productions. Martin Döring & Olaf Jäkel The Meaning of Life Religiously Informed Entrance-into-Life Models in the German Media Coverage of Research on Human Embryonic Stems Cells Das Postulat, dass alles menschliche Leben heilig ist, gilt nicht mehr. (Peter Singer, Spiegel 48/2001: 236) Es ist ein Sündenfall, mit menschlichen ES-Zellen zu arbeiten. (Volker Herzog, Spiegel 28/2001: 178) 1. The moral status of embryos: An ethically contested field between science and society “1998 saw the publication of two papers describing the growth in vitro of human embryonic stem cells (HES) derived either from the inner cell mass […] of the early blastocysts or the primitive gonadal regions of early aborted foetuses” (Alison et al. 2002: 419). Scientists soon realised that HES might hold a huge potential in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine as they are supposed to have the capacity to produce every type of cell and tissue in the body. In theory, they could revolutionise the treatment of widespread diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, cancer and diabetes. Over the past 12 years, stem cell biology has evolved rapidly, before coming to a halt and only recently continuing to grow despite ethical, social and legal ramifications. Since the year 2000, research on HES has been the object of intense if not heated debate throughout Europe. This debate intensified after the UK’s publication of the Donaldson Report in 2000 (cf....
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