How should Christians make life and death decisions? This is the overarching question that Drs. C. Ben Mitchell and D. Joy Riley address in their work Christian Bioethics: A Guide for Pastors, Health Care Professionals, and Families. How do we move from ancient texts to twenty-first century questions regarding things such as organ transplantation, stem cell research, to end-of-life decisions?
This work is divided into four parts. The first part is an introduction dealing with doctors and medicine in chapter one and Bible application in the twenty-first century in chapter two. The primary thrust of the book is in parts two through four. These parts address "taking life, making life, and remaking/faking life." There are chapters dealing with a variety of bioethical decisions on my face throughout their life, such as in-vitro fertilization, abortion, assisted-suicide, and organ donation.
Reading through this work, one realizes how our lives will be confronted with questions arising from the current medical advances. Whether at the beginning of life with in-vitro fertilization to end-of-life decisions, we are faced with what we believe about the Bible and how it applies to our lives. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wishing to take a look at different medical situations and reflect upon the ethical considerations prior to being confronted with the situation in real life.
This book was very informative. It is written as a dialog between Mitchell and Riley on the topic along with questions to be reflected upon/discussed with others. While this writing style took a little getting used to, I came to enjoy it. I would have enjoyed more interaction with the biblical text in several areas, but I did appreciate the fact that the book is written so that the reader can draw their own conclusions rather than being to ld what to think by the authors.
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