It’s evident that there’s more to being fully human than just biology. It’s what makes one a person. A couple of decades ago, “human” and “person” were used interchangeably. Now, the intangible question “What makes a person?” has divided the two terms. If personhood isn’t defined by the image of God, then other attributes must qualify persons for protection and rights. But which attributes? self-awareness? community? emotions? The danger of applying such qualifications is that it creates an unintended spectrum of personhood—one where persons with more attributes have more rights. Biochemist Fazale “Fuz” Rana, astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink, and ethicist Joe Miller dive into this crucial conversation and explore the impact of defining a person—from the rights of the unborn to the rights of artificial intelligence (AI).
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