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10/01/2017

Hugh Heffner’s Legacy

Hugh Heffner died on Wednesday, September 27 in his Playboy mansion at the age of 91.  He was buried next to Marilyn Monroe, Playboy’s inaugural centerfold. From the moment I heard that Heffner had died, I tried to process the significance of his life and death.  Part of me feels sadness and pity.  As a Christian, I can’t get one thought out of my mind. ... // Read More »

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09/17/2017

Prayer and Health

Many readers are aware of several scientific studies in recent years that have sought to quantify the effect of prayer on patients’ health in medical settings. The studies have been variously conceived. Some have researched the effect on patients who know they are being prayer for, others on patients who don’t know they’re being prayed for; some studies involved prayers and patients who know each... // Read More »

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09/03/2017

Pray Tell, What Does Harvey have to do with Abortion?

Nothing brings out the true color of people as clearly as a national catastrophe such as hurricane Harvey. “Beautiful” has been the color of the vast majority of people who have been victims of, or responders to, one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. Many people who watched their houses and possessions float away, who must have wondered how they will ever recover... // Read More »

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06/19/2017

Inherent Problems with Commercial Surrogacy in India

The degree to which financial incentives can muddle ethical deliberation and practice is evident in the commercial surrogacy trade in Indian. For years, “rent-a-womb” services to foreigners has been “big business” indeed, generating nearly $1 billion annually. Would-be Western parents, many from the U.K. and Scandinavia, argue that commercial surrogacy arrangements are a win-win situation for everyone. They get the baby they’ve longed for and... // Read More »

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05/08/2017

No Place for Reasoned Discussion?

Current events have provoked personal concern that we are losing our ability, willingness, and even desire to engage in respectful, rational debate about the critical issues of our day, especially when significant disagreement exists.  Anger, threats, and violence have replaced cool heads seeking common ground in the pursuit of truth. Officials at UC Berkeley, considered the birthplace and bastion of the Free Speech Movement, canceled... // Read More »

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04/02/2017

Which is It? “Tissue” or “Baby”?

I’m not a physician. I know next to nothing about biology or embryology. I’m confused. Will those who are trained in medical sciences please help me to understand? In January 2017, Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law Bill 1032 which prohibits a procedure, “dilation and evacuation” (D&E), that is used in a large percentage of abortions after the 14-week mark. Critics complain that making... // Read More »

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02/26/2017

Of Value Only if Desired

It’s becoming more and more apparent that conflicted cultural attitudes toward abortion arise from inconsistent—even contradictory—beliefs about the moral value and status of the pre-born human being. Consider two recent news items. The whole world knows by now that wildly popular performer Beyoncé is pregnant with twins. Her performance at the Grammy Awards was dedicated to “birth and motherhood.” She’s even composed a poem celebrating... // Read More »

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02/26/2017

Of Value Only if Desired

It’s becoming more and more apparent that conflicted cultural attitudes toward abortion arise from inconsistent—even contradictory—beliefs about the moral value and status of the pre-born human being. Consider two recent news items. The whole world knows by now that wildly popular performer Beyoncé is pregnant with twins. Her performance at the Grammy Awards was dedicated to “birth and motherhood.” She’s even composed a poem celebrating... // Read More »

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02/12/2017

Whatever Happened to the Instinct that ‘Doctors Must Not Kill’?

In a 1992 article in the Journal of Clinical Ethics titled, “Doctors Must Not Kill,” renowned physician and bioethicist Edmund Pellegrino reminded fellow physicians—with incisive logic and strong passion—of their historic duty to be healers, not killers. As one who is not a physician but will one day be a patient facing the end of his life, I would take comfort in knowing that my... // Read More »

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01/29/2017

Physician-Assisted Suicide and Canada…Again

Though a relative “latecomer” in the legalization of physician-assisted suicide (PAS), Canada seems determined to make up for lost time. Already the question of organ donation after PAS has been raised. Very recently, the medical “savings” made possible by the legalization of PAS in 2016 was brought to light. The January 23, 2017 volume of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) published the results of... // Read More »

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