distinction between procreation and reproduction

As you reflect on Meilaender’s readings, what is his distinction between procreation and reproduction, as well as that of being begotten versus being made? Do you agree with his description? Why or why not?

Reproduction is where individuals biologically give rise to new individuals while procreation is the act where an organism produces other organisms of its biological kind (Blank, 2007). Human beings have shifted procreation to reproduction as a part of manifestation and as a means of reshaping the world (Meilaender, 2013). A child is said to be begotten if made through the act of the man and a woman coming together through sexual intercourse where fertilization takes place naturally. A child is said to be made when they are made artificially through manipulation of the male and the female gametes and it can also be referred to as IVF. It, however, should be clear that either means used to procreate the child is still a human being and therefore should be accorded the love, care or the respect accorded to other children.

It’s hard to separate biology and spiritual ways of procreation although religious greatly discourages the scientific ways of reproduction and uphold the natural way as they feel there is Gods hand in the act of natural production. A child born through parents union in love is said to be through procreation and the children born through IVF are said to be reproduced as no is coming together of the male and female, and the love linkage between them is also cultivated during the process.

According to me, I don’t agree with Meilaende view of procreation and reproduction as he doesn’t seem to value the children gotten through reproduction or rather made as compared to those who are procreated or begotten. I believe that parents have a right to choose the way to bear children and the natural means might not be compatible and therefore choosing the IVF way does not mean that they should not value or care much for the child because all in all they do so to strengthen their reunion and the final result is a child like any other.


Meilaender G. (2013). Bioethics: A Primer for Christians. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. Grand Rapids, MI, Cambridge UK

Blank, R. H. (2007). Procreation and reproduction. New York: Columbia University Press.


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