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Philip Lorish is a doctoral candidate in the Religious Studies department of the University of Virginia. His recent scholarly work has been in the field of Religious Ethics, with particular interest in the Christian political tradition, the ethics of armed conflict, and the place of religious institutions within the modern West. Philip's dissertation, tentatively titled "On Meditation and Mastery: Forbearance and Hope in an Age of Biotechnology," develops a theological account of the virtues of forbearance and hope as a constructive response to the challenges posed by emergent forms of biotechnology, particularly in reproductive medicine. Philip holds a BA in Philosophy from Furman University, an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, and an M.Phil in Christian Ethics from Oxford.