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What Was Lost: A Christian Journey Through Miscarriage by Elise Erikson Barrett, p. 14. This is an excerpt from her book by the same name published in 2010 by Westminster/John Knox Press.   While in seminary, Barrett experienced the loss of their unborn child and struggled with questions of faith when the God she proclaimed allowed this to happen.  Her spiritual journey of searching for answers is comforting and revealing.  She includes liturgies for memorial services for the child.  And she has practical ideas of what people should and should not say and do. We encourage readers to share this book with study groups and parents who have lost a child before birth. Barrett is a Methodist minister.  Mar/Apr 2010 Theology Matters, p. 14

 

 
The Duties of Love: A Christian Response to Abortion by Terry Schlossberg
Schlossberg compares Joseph Fletcher's situation ethic that says morality is based on love without law to the Christian faith's understanding that we can only know love as it is rooted in the law.  "Abortion, like situation ethics, is opposed to the Christian view of love."  May/Jun 2005 Theology Matters p. 10

Created, Loved, and Called: Looking at the Issues of Life from the Perspective of Christian Faith,
"These transcripts are printed from the six part recorded series with accompanying discussion questions and supplementary discussion sessions that are available on DVD, VCR and print from Presbyterians Pro-Life. This series develops a Christian  worldview with application to life issues.....This curriculum is based on the reformed conviction that faith and practice are and ought to be related.  All of our lives we are busy developing our view of the world--of what we regard as reality and truth.  Often that development takes place without our conscious involvement.  Because we Christians live our lives immersed in messages from a wide variety of sources, we often adopt both beliefs and practices without careful scrutiny.  And without a thorough knowledge of Scripture and careful application of it to our modern situations, we are often unaware that some of the beliefs held by Christians are not necessarily Christian beliefs."    Part 2 Jan/Feb 2005 Theology Matters p 1        Part 1 Nov/Dec 2004 Theology Matters p. 1

Christian Doctrine and Human Life by Terry Schlossberg
Schlossberg looks at doctrines of Creation, Redemption, the Church, Forgiveness of Sins, the Resurrection and how they speak to our care for unborn children.  May/Jun 2003 Theology Matters p. 1

Advances in the Understanding of Fetal Pain by Jean A. Wright
Wright who is Executive Director of Bachus Children's Hospital in Savannah, GA discusses the most recent developments in understanding fetal pain.  May/Jun 2003 Theology Matters   p. 4

One Hospital's Ministry when a Preborn Child Dies by Rhonda Lindamood and Cleo Williams
Williams and Lindamood describe how the New River Valley Hospital in Radford, VA ministers to families when a preborn child dies. May/Jun 2003 Theology Matters    p. 8

A Worship Service for Families Who Have Lost a Preborn Child by Susan Cyre
Often families who have lost a preborn child have no worship service celebrating the resurrection and little or no church support. Sometimes grandparents do not live nearby and so grieve alone and in silence when their unborn grandchild dies.  This article describes one church's annual worship service for those who have lost a child.  May/Jun 2003 Theology Matters   p. 9

Life: Defining the Beginning by the End by Maureen Condic
Condic, an assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the University of Utah, addresses the scientific questions of when life begins by looking at how doctors determine when life ends. May/Jun 2003 Theology Matters   p. 11

Addressed By The Word: Theology, Ethics and Abortion by Mark R. Patterson
"Theology and ethics are inextricably bound...ultimate conclusions in either theology or ethics profoundly determine the shape of the other."  Patterson explains how "enlightenment rationalism and postmodern subjectivism" have influenced our conclusions about abortion and homosexual behavior.   May/Jun 2002 Theology Matters  p.1

The Being and Nature of the Unborn Child by Thomas F. Torrance, Professor of Christian Dogmatics at the University of Edinburgh.
Torrance explores the "being and nature of the unborn child as a besouled body or an embodied soul form the very beginning of existence in the womb of the mother."  Torrance looks at Christ's virgin birth and the unborn; what science tell us of the unborn, personal being; pain and the unborn; the Redeemer's tears.   Jul/Aug 2000 Theology Matters p. 1

Stillbirth by Leah Koncelik Lebec, reprinted from First Things, June/July 2000 with permission.  Lebec describes her own experience of the death of their child before birth. Jul/Aug 2000 Theology Matters p. 5

Nuyllus Diabolus--Nullus Redemptor: Apocalyptic Perspectives on the Cosmic Struggle for Life Against Death by Carl E. Braaten. This is reprinted with permission from Thinking Theologically about Abortion, copyright 2000 ed. by Paul Stallsworth, Bristol House, LTD. Braaten asks, "Could it be that we have lost the ability to discern the spiritual dimensions of the cultural warfare in which we are engaged?" He answers, "I believe it is so."   Only a recovery of this apocalyptic vision will allow Christians to "strengthen our backbone and stiffen our Christian resistance movement..." Jul/Aug 2000 Theology Matters  p. 10

Abortion and the Sacraments by Elizabeth Achtemeier, retired Adjunct Professor of Homiletics and Old Testament, Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA.   Achtemeier looks at the church as A Different People; God's desire that we Live; Baptism into Life; Baptism as Redemption and Adoption; the Challenge of Baptism; The Lord's Supper; Communion with Neighbor and Saint; Thanksgiving and Future Kingdom, May/Jun 1999 Theology Matters p. 1

Changing the Vision of Heaven: Abortion and Relative Truth by Terry Schlossberg, Executive Director of Presbyterians Pro-Life
Schlossberg looks at the Conflict of Truths; Truth and Faith; Truth and Ethics; Central Teachings of Scripture on Creation, Sin, and Redemption All Relate to Abortion, and Serve as a Fixed Standard for Decisions About Life; Truth and Caring, May/Jun 1999 Theology Matters   p.6

Changing the Vision of Heaven: Abortion and Relative Truth by Terry Schlossberg, Executive Director of Presbyterians pro-Life and co-author of Not My Own: Abortion and the Marks of the Church.  Schlossberg paraphrases G. K. Chesterton who wrote that in continually changing the standard we leave the circumstances unchanged and thereby fail to make any progress.  Chesterton wrote,  "As long as the vision of heaven is always changing, the vision of earth will be exactly the same."   Schlossberg examines: the conflict of truths; truth and faith; truth and ethics and truth and caring.  May/Jun 1996 Theology Matters p. 1

On Education and Self-deception by Dean Turbeville, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Hendersonville, NC.  Turbeville argues that education has limits; language and self-deception; the start reality and the need for education of the soul.  May/Jun 1996 Theology Matters  p. 8