Bioethics Archive

Self-Esteem from a Scalpel: The Ethics of Plastic Surgery

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 33, number 04 (2010). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org  SYNOPSIS The numbers of patients seeking plastic surgery has skyrocketed in the past decade, and this practice has found increasingly uncritical acceptance. Plastic surgery is commonly subdivided […]

Stem Cell Obfuscation

This article first appeared in the Viewpoints column of the Christian Research Journal, volume33, number03 (2010). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org If you pay attention to the news at all, you are probably convinced that stem cell research will eventually solve every medical challenge our society […]

Should Christians Take Antidepressants?

“[Depression] is a positive and active anguish, a sort of psychical neuralgia wholly unknown to normal life.” —William James, Varieties of Religious Experience1 Should Christians take antidepressants? Or is there spiritual benefit in suffering through depressed moods? Are antidepressants overprescribed? Are they more harmful than helpful? How should Christians think about antidepressant therapy? How thoughtful […]

Very Quiet People

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume29, number1 (2006). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS Medical and philosophical fascination with the “vegetative” state long predated the case of Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman who was judged to have been unconscious for 15 years. […]

The Parish Nursing Alternative

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume28, number2(2005) as a companion to the feature article Healing Touch: Trouble with Angels by Sharon Fish Mooney. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Parish nursing is a contemporary outgrowth of the late Lutheran minister Granger Westberg’s vision […]

Betting the Farm

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 29, number 4 (2006). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS For years now, advocates of embryonic stem cell research have flatly denied any intention of implanting cloned embryos into volunteer mothers to harvest tissues or organs […]

What Is a Human?

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 26, number 3 (2003). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS Debates over embryonic stem cell research and human cloning have forced us to address the question: What does it mean to be human? If embryos are […]

The Christian and Genetic Engineering

Summary The Human Genome Project (HGP) is giving us a bird’s-eye view into our genes, the very blueprints of our bodies. As genetic knowledge increases, questions are being raised regarding the proper scope and limits of both science and medicine. Genetic science is on the verge of not only discovering possible cures for previously incurable […]

Embryonic Stem Cell Research

This article first appeared in the Practical Apologetics column of Volume 23 / Number 4 / 2001 issue of the Christian Research Journal. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Two years ago in this column I reiterated the truth that the only thing necessary for evil to […]

Care for the Elderly

This article first appeared in the Volume 21 / Number 4 issue of the Christian Research Journal. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SUMMARY The fastest growing population in developed nations is the elderly, those age 65 and older. This growth ensures that issues affecting seniors will […]