Editorial -- By: Douglas Moo
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The theme of this fascicle is bio-medical ethics. Selecting this topic for special attention was a “no-brainer.” Most believers are quite uncertain about how their Christian world-view should lead them to view the morality of many of the new bio-medical technologies. Add to these developments the increasingly “post-Christian” context in which discussion of these matters is carried out, and we realize that the church is facing a daunting apologetic task as well. Recognizing the importance of these matters, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School has recently added degree programs that enable students to specialize in bio-medical ethics in their basic Master of Divinity program or to make bio-medical ethics the focus of their Master of Arts program. These degrees are supervised by Nigel M. de S. Cameron, who appropriately contributes our lead article in this fascicle. Cameron provides a context for the discussions of the specific issues that follow by insisting on the importance of developing a foundational theology of medicine from which to respond.
Dr. John Feinberg thoroughly analyzes two of the more esoteric of the new technologies: in vitro fertilization and frozen embryos. His article is adapted from an important new book on ethics written by him and his brother, Dr. Paul Feinberg. Abortion is not a new technology; but, more than any other bio-medical procedure, it has become a lightning rod for the clash between a Christian and post-Christian ethic. Dr. Harold O. J. Brown, one of the initiators of evangelical activism over abortion in this country, provides a brief retrospective on this debate and an analysis of where we are now. Dr. Brown suggests that the energies of Christians at this point in the debate may be most effectively applied in the effort to help women contemplating abortion. It is this suggestion that R. Jay Sappington develops in his article. Finally, we look at some of
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these matters from the “other side” of the medical-theological divide. John Dunlop is a practicing M.D. and committed Christian. Building on his experience, he suggests some specific perspectives and procedures to follow in helping people who are facing potentially terminal illnesses. All of us on the Trinity Journal Board hope that these articles will help perplexed believers make biblically and theologically informed decisions about the life-and-death issues that we face every day.
And speaking of Board members, I want to introduce our readers to two new student board members: R. Jay Sappington, who also contributes an article to this fascicle, and Chris Lang. The student editors play a significant role in the Journal, helping us make decisions about submis...
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