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Ethics -- See also Abortion and Sexuality

The Basics About Stem Cells by Maureen L. Condic
Condic argues that "the scientific, ethical, and political advantages of using adult stem cells instead of embryonic ones are significant."    Condic is Assistant Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah, working on the regeneration of adult and embryonic neurons following spinal cord injury.   May/Jun 2002 Theology Matters p. 9

Human Life, Natural Law, and Pastoral Care by J. Budziszewski, Professor of Government and Philosophy, the University of Texas at Austin. This article is part of a series in this issue of Theology Matters on end of life issues. Budziszewski summarizes the thinking on making euthanasia acceptable.  Jan/Feb 2001 Theology Matters p. 1

Death and Euthanasia: Some Prior Questions by Nigel M. de S. Cameron, Executive Director of the Centre for Bioethics and Public Policy, London; and founding Editor of Ethics and Medicine. Cameron examines the question of human being; the question of death, the question of medicine, the question of bioethics.  Jan/Feb 2001 Theology Matters p. 4

A Biblical Ethic for the End of Human Life by James R. Edwards, Professor of Religion, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA.  Edwards examines the nature of human life, the stewardship for life, and that you are not your own. Jan/Feb 2001 Theology Matters  p. 6

Notes on a Theology of Suffering by C. Ben Mitchell, Associate Professor of bioethics and Contemporary Culture at Trinity Evangelical Divinity school, Deerfield, IL.   Mitchell looks at the problem of pain, the nature of suffering, making sense out of suffering, relieving suffering. Jan/Feb 2001 Theology Matters  p. 8

Deborah's Prayer by Deborah and Lyle Thorpe adapted from Ruth Myers' book 31 Days of Praise, Multnomah books, 1994.  Deborah and her husband prayed this prayer often during her extended terminal illness. Deborah passed away on December 27, 1999 from a rare neurological disease, striato-nigral degeneration, SND. Jan/Feb 2001 Theology Matters  p. 13

The Centrality of Holiness to Christian Faith: Why Holiness Has Become Irrelevant in Postmodern Religion by David F. Wells, Andrew Muctch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and author of numerous books including Losing Our Virtue: Why the Church Must Recover Its Moral Vision.  Wells writes, "The greatest dangers to evangelical faith, I believe, lie as much in what we do know as in what we don't.  They lie not only in the doctrinal fog represented on many a church pew each Sunday but also in the great truths of Christian faith which are professed on those same pews but which, nonetheless, now lie dormant."   Wells examines the meaning of "the Holy".  He writes, What the holiness of God means is rather clear: it is what it means to us that is problematic and obscure."   Wells argues that we define life in terms of the therapeutic.  "We now translate many of life's wrongs into diseases; we focus these in the self; we think that our remedy can be found within; and,...insofar as there is a religious dimension to all of this, it takes the form of recasting God as the source of our inner healing."  Wells examines the "Disappearance of Sin" and the needed remedy of biblical preaching.  "The God of Calvin and Luther has, in these sermons, disappeared.  In his place is one far less transcendent, far more mellow, one who feels our pain as any good Boomer might, and who is so much more user-friendly."  Mar/Apr 1998 Theology Matters p. 1

A Word of Hope for a Church in Pain: Biblical and Theological Dimensions of Ecclesiastical Discipline by Teresa M. McAnally, PCUSA pastor.  Examining the role of discipline in a believer's life and in the church's life, McAnally looks at, "A Necessary Component of Human Development" "The Act of a Loving God" ,"Ecclesiastical Discipline as Loving Legacy of the Holy Spirit" ,"The State of Discipline in the Church Today".   Mar/Apr 1998 Theology Matters  p. 6

When Everything is Permitted  by Wolfhart Pannenberg, reprinted with permission from First Things Journal, February 1998, No. 80, pp. 26-30.  Pannenberg writes, "It may well be the case that the moral crisis of modern secular societies is attributable to the fact that God is no longer publicly recognized as the source of moral norms...Historical experience demonstrates that, for societies and for individuals, the autonomy of reason cannot successfully replace the authority of God. In this respect Rousseau is fully vindicated.  As is Dostoevsky, whose Ivan Karamazov observed that, without God, "everything is permitted."  Pannenberg's solution to the moral dilemma begins with a renewal of Christian morality in the Christian community.  Mar/Apr 1998 Theology Matters p. 8 

The Discipline of the Church: Its Chief Use in Censures and Excommunication by John Calvin, reprinted from the Institutes of the Christian Religion ed. by John McNeil (Library of Christian Classics Series.  Used by permission of WJK Press, Book IV, Chapter XII, 1-5, pp 1229-1234.  Calvin addresses the necessity and nature of church discipline; stages of church discipline; the purpose of church discipline, and the limits of our judgment according to church discipline,  Mar/Apr 1998 Theology Matters  p. 12

Doctrine and Ethics by Alister McGrath, professor of Christian doctrine and ethics at Oxford University, England.  Reprinted with permission from the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Vol 34, No. 2, June 1991.  McGrath writes, "A recovery of Christian doctrine is fundamental to a recovery of Christian ethics...Beliefs are important because they claim to describe the way things are.  they assert that they declare the truth about reality.  But beliefs are not just ideas that are absorbed by our minds and that have no further effect upon us.  They affect what we do and what we feel.  They influence our hopes and fears.  They determine the way we behave."  McGrath looks specifically at the doctrine of justification by faith and the doctrine of original sin.   Jul/Aug 1995 Theology Matters  p. 1