Bush, the cloning of human embryos has begun, although the researchers claim that they are not cloning humans and are merely harvesting
usable stems cells for research and other purposes. To Christians who wish to follow the Bible strictly, it makes no difference as the
fundamental principle at stake is whether the human embryo is a "thing" or a true person. From God's standpoint the Bible is clear: ensoulment occurs from the moment of fertilization rather than from the fourteenth day after conception. This book explores ethical issues such as: physician-assisted
suicide and the 'right' to die, genetic manipulation, fetal tissue harvesting, in vitro fertilization, the promise of Prozac and Silicone, technology and the New Gnosticism, and other important and interesting issues. In this book, medical researches, scientists, seminary professors, and pastors present papers from the standpoint that the ultimate authority is God, not man in his best rational thinking. The treatment is brief and sufficient, not heavily technical, and bibliographies are provided for each topic to encourage the serious reader to explore further. One wishes there could be dialogue as issues are not just stated but are approached from the various standpoints represented by the writers. It would have been most interesting to cull the views of the various disciplines
represented since all the contributors recognize the authority of the Holy Scriptures. Very often one encounters Christian scientists who take positions which are not in line with the Bible (e.g., theistic evolutionists). This slender volume is affordable, very readable and can be ordered via email from: firstname.lastname@example.org. A copy of this book can be inspected at the BGST Library.
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We are happy to announce that Dr Douglas Milne (from Melbourne) will be teaching two courses with us in January, 2002. All lectures are in the evening from
7.30-10.30 pm. Christian Ethics (3 credits), 8 double sessions, three evenings a week, on: Mon, Jan 7; Tues. Jan 8; Thurs., Jan 10; Mon., Jan 14; Tues. Jan 15; Thurs, Jan 17; Mon, Jan 21; and Tues. Jan 22.
Bioethics (1.5 credits), weekend course, 4 double sessions on: Sat, Jan 5; Fri, Jan 11; Sat., Jan 12; & Fri. Jan 18. A Synopsis and Course Description of the courses will be given soon.