The Human embryo – between Christian and Secular tradition


  • Petru Cernat Faculty of Orthodox Theology, "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi, Romania



embryo, Christian Tradition, rational soul, individuality, creationism


The human embryo has been at the centre of bioethical debates for decades. This is due to the development of biotechnology, which allows man to interfere with life from the very beginning. In addition to scientific data, Christian ethics brings into question data from Revelation, which proposes a recognition of the human embryo in the fullness of its humanity. According to Christian tradition, the embryo develops as a human being, not to become a human being. The present study aims to present five arguments that support the previous statement, as well as an evaluation of the concept of “pre-embryo” from the perspective of Christian anthropology. The 5 arguments can be a framework through which the risk of technology absolutization can be re-evaluated. After all, not every compartment of human life needs a technical arrangement. Along with the first stages of intrauterine development, the issue of individuality arises, which brings together not only scientific results, but also metaphysical and ethical questions. In this research we used the historical-critical method, the hermeneutic method and the philological method.