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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Moral Indignation: Embryonic Stem Cells, DNA, and Christians by Sherman P. Bastarache addresses many of the issues surrounding stem cell research and the religious arguments against it. While Bastarache begins by stating it's not possible to cover all of the disputes that arise on the subject, he undertakes every one I have heard and does so in the greatest of detail. Using a blend of biblical and religious verses in context and the application of science, Bastarache presents a compelling case about where the true balance lies between faith and reason, and how the misapplication of some beliefs have created an end result—literally the death of a living, fully formed person in order to preserve something not known conclusively to have a life or a soul—that runs counter to the underlying argument it is attempting to make.
Sherman P. Bastarache has compiled a meticulously researched and well written assertion in Moral Indignation. The science presented is mind-boggling and as a layperson it was often a bit too complex for me to fully grasp. That said, even without the same degree of comprehension I'd have liked, the information and evidence provided made Bastarache's point definitive for me. I believe it was in Chapter Seven: Impartment of a Soul, the moment I handed the book to my wife and told her she had to read it. The science cannot be ignored, but when it's paired with philosophy and good, old-fashioned common sense, it has to be shared. It has to be understood. It must be put into practice. I would recommend this book to all who are conflicted on the subject of stem cell research, and those who are looking for a true examination of what it means to be pro-life.