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Pages : 156
he has written studies of Tillich as well as of Kierkegaard.,
he has written studies of Tillich as well as of Kierkegaard.,
This work is an introductory treatment of issues and options in social and bioethics which center on the end of life. The purpose of Moreland and Geisler's book is to offer a beginning survey of these issues to someone unfamiliar with philosophy. The book simplifies and summarizes various end-of-life topics without being simplistic or caricaturing different viewpoints, even though the authors' own viewpoint is made perfectly clear. The major intention of this book is to make the reader think more clearly and deeply about the important issues discussed between its covers.
Discusses animal rights and the protection of the environment, suicide, abortion, and sexuality from an ethical standpoint rooted in the Protestant tradition
This book offers a theological foundation for engaging with the realities of suffering and dying. Designed particularly for practical theology students and trainee caregivers, it introduces the spiritual and theological issues raised by suffering and dying. The chapters consider: how Christian theology deals with the problem of suffering and how the Bible treats these difficult issues post-biblical interpretations of Jesus’ suffering and the Cross modern instances including ecology, poverty, discrimination and war comparative religious approaches and the depiction in popular culture. Natalie Weaver relates theology to practical issues of caregiving and provides a ‘toolbox’ for thinking about suffering and death in a creative and supportive way.
Some of the first figures the Nazis conscripted in their rise to power were rhetoricians devoted to popularizing the German vocabulary of Leben (life). This fascinating study reexamines this movement through one of its most prominent exponents, Ludwig Klages, revealing the philosophical-cultural crises and political volatility of the Weimar era.
Islamic Ethics of Life considers three of the most contentious ethical issues of our time--abortion, war, and euthanasia--from the Muslim perspective. Distinguished scholars of Islamic studies have collaborated to produce a volume that both integrates Muslim thinking into the field of applied ethics and introduces readers to an aspect of the religion long overlooked in the West. This collective effort sets forth the relationship between Islamic ethics and law, clearly revealing the complexity and richness of the Islamic tradition as well as its responsiveness to these controversial modern issues. The contributors analyze classical sources and survey the modern ethical landscape to identify guiding principles within Islamic ethical thought. Clarifying the importance of pragmatism in Islamic decision making, the contributors also offer case studies related to specialized topics, including wrongful birth claims, terrorist attacks, and brain death. The case studies elicit possible variations on common Muslim perspectives. The contributors situate Muslim ethics relative to Christian and secular accounts of the value of human life, exposing surprising similarities and differences. In an introductory overview of the volume, Jonathan E. Brockopp underscores the steady focus on God as the one who determines the value of human life, and hence as the final arbiter of Islamic ethics. A foreword by Gene Outka places the volume in the context of general ethical studies, and an afterword by A. Kevin Reinhart suggests some significant ramifications for comparative religious ethics.
The first part of the book is grounded in biblical issues and in historical and philosophical theology. It seeks to establish several schemes of death theology related, for example, to early Christianity's Jewish cultural milieu, to belief in Christ's resurrection and to Christology, to issues of millennial belief and to an emergent liturgical practice. The rise of notions of the soul in relation to medieval thought and practice and the place of death in reformation theology are both covered, as is the role of the nineteenth and twentieth century. Finally the rise of biblical theology is considered, especially in the twentieth century. The second part of the book takes up several contemporary models of the theology of death. The first pursues a traditional acceptance of an other-worldly afterlife, the second explores worldly analysis of eternal life as a quality of contemporary existence devoid of any future state. The third develops the worldly model and considers a wider sense of self as a part of an ecological view of the world as a divine creation and explores the meaning of birth-life and death amidst a divine environment. The Theology of Death aims to offer some sharply defined schemes to focus thought in a Christian environment in which death, hell and heaven have almost lost their place. The topic of hope is a key element and the book explores the birth and fostering of hope within Christian traditions.
Dr. Reinder Bruinsma doggedly pursues answers to the great ethical and moral dilemmas of our day in Matters of Life and Death. Is war ever definsible? Is capitol punishment ever justified? Is Abortion always an abomination? These and other controversial, yet intensely real, questions ate thoughtfully addressed by Bruinsma from a decidedly Adventist-Christian viewpoint. Your convictions may be challenged. Your preconceived ideas tested. Butbe warned. If you are looking for the official position of the church on these issues, or an exhaustive scientific or philosophical treatise, you'll be disappointed. If, However, you want a biblical dicussion about how our beliefs must prepate us to handle matters of life and death, this book will provide facinating reading and cause you to prayerfully wrestle through the issues the Bible writers never had to face. - Preface. Chapter One: Life - when Does It Begin and when Does It End? What is life? What is death? How to make moral decisions. A Christian view. A suggested approach. The role of the Bible . The writings of Ellen G. White. Church statements. Conscience. Chapter Two: In the Beginning ... God. Science or religion? Science and religion? What do evolutionists say? What do creationist say? The biblical record. The roots of Adventist doctrine. Implications. Chapter Three: Modifying Life - Playing God or Benefiting Humanity? Boon or bane? What is genetic engineering? Is opposition justified? Dangers. Health and environmental risks. Is it in our genes? "My brain made me do it". Good or bad? Transplanting organs. Chapter Four: Is Abortion Always Wrong? The risk of being a fetus. What are we talking about? Life and/ or person? "Thou shalt not kill". Basic biblical principles. What does Ellen White say? The Church speaks. Conclusion. Chapter Five: How Good can a "Good Death" Be. Euthanasia in past and present. The Adventist Church speaks on euthanasia. Active versus passive. Quality of life. The right to die. A slippery slope? Suicide. Is suicide sin? Sacrifice and martyrdom. Physician-assisted suicide. A good death is preceded by a good life. Chapter Six: Sharing Life. God saw: "It was good". Contraception. Are all methods OK? Fertility treatments. At any price? Chapter seven: The Quality of Life. There is more to life than health. What is"health"? A health message. Biblical guidelines. What we eat and drink, etc. Should we all be vegetatians? When sickness strikes. Living with others. Equality of quality. Chapter Eight: Ending the Lives of Others. Christian views of war. What do Adventists say? The biblical perspective. Kingdon values. Death penalty. The Bible and capital punishment. So, what do we conclude? Chapter Nine: Animal Life. Does it matter? Moral status. Causing pain. Chapter Ten: Life After Death. An indestructible desire. Beyond death. When Christ comes. For all? God takes us seriously. Eternal gnashing of teeth. Forever safe. Chapter Eleven: Facing Death. The reality of death. Facing death in a Christian way. Being prepared - 1. Being prepared - 2. Life before death. Chapter Twelve: Life - To the Full. A value-driven life an abundant life. Living one day at a time. A victorious life. Life in Christ
This guide answers the most perplexing questions of our time. Briefly and accurately the authors present the medical, philosophical, and legal evidence. They also provide the texts of major court decisions, a "living will" form, and statements on the beginning of life and the ethics of civil disobedience.