Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre

The UK’s Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics is changing its name, location, and director. In future it will be known as The Anscombe Bioethics Centre, will be based in Oxford, and will be headed by David Jones, Professor of Bioethics at St Mary's University College, Twickenham and author of the fine book The Soul of the Embryo: An Enquiry Into the Status of the Human Embryo in the Christian Tradition. We can be confident that, as it did under previous director Helen Watt, the Centre will continue to produce many important publications, such as the recent Incapacity and Care: Controversies in Healthcare and Research.


  1. this is random, but do you know of any good resources (book or article) that discuss the nature of the "soul" from a biblical perspective?

  2. I'm not sure how they propose to continue working if, as I've heard, their entire library is in boxes in a garage someone has let them use.

    It is so odd that no suitable place could be found for the centre in London.

  3. Finney:

    Here are a few links.

    The Cooper book (second link above) is a standard/essential introduction.

    Also read Alfred Freddoso's (sp?) essay, "Don't Worry, Your Soul Is Not Dead Yet" (or something to that effect).

    There are tons more, but this should get you on the right path.


  4. So what or who did the name "Linacre" commemorate?

  5. The Linacre Centre is moving to Oxford because of the proximity of Blackfriars Hall at Oxford University in order to develop close co-operation in academic research. Finney, the best reading with regard to the nature of the soul is by far, 'The Soul of the Embryo' by Professor David Albert Jones who will take up his new position as Director of the Centre in July.