In the face of rapid medical advances in our world, bioethics is a serious concern for many in our society -- Christians and non-Christians alike. In this book Gilbert Meilaender contends that it is imperative for Christians to think consciously about bioethical issues as Christians if they are not to risk losing their Christian identity.
Working within a Christian vision of humans as free but finite creatures who are in relationship with God and with one another, Meilaender examines a wide range of bioethical issues -- assisted reproduction, abortion, gene therapy and genetic research, prenatal screening, suicide and euthanasia, treatment refusal and decision making, organ donation, and participation in research projects. Meilaender explores the difficulties surrounding each issue and offers a clear statement of how Christians ought to think about each one. Throughout he stresses the importance of care for the weakest members of our community and the hope that we have, despite our inability to eliminate all suffering, because we have a God who suffers with us. Read by Ken Myers.
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GILBERT MEILAENDER is professor of theological ethics at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. Among his other books are Faith and Faithfulness: Basic Themes in Christian Ethics; Body, Soul, and Bioethics; and another title recorded by MARS HILL AUDIO, Letters to Ellen. Bioethics: A Primer for Christians was published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (1996).
The garden is a personal place of retreat and delight and labor for many people. Gardening helps us collect ourselves, much as praying does. For rich and poor -- it makes no difference -- a garden is a place where body and soul are in harmony. In Inheriting Paradise, Vigen Guroian offers an abundant vision of the spiritual life found in the cultivation of God's good creation. Capturing the earthiness and sacramental character of the Christian faith, these uplifting meditations bring together the experience of space and time through the cycle of the seasons in the garden and relate this fundamental experience to the cycle of the church year and the Christian seasons of grace.
The tilling of the fresh earth; the sowing of seeds; the harvesting of rhubarb and roses, dillweed and daffodils -- Guroian finds in the garden our most concrete connection with life and God's gracious giving. His personal reflections on this connection offer a compelling entry into Christian spirituality. Read by the author.
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VIGEN GUROIAN teaches theology and ethics at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the author of Life's Living toward Dying (Eerdmans) and Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral Imagination (Oxford). Inheriting Paradise: Meditations on Gardening was published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (1999).
Throughout history, great literature has been a cohesive force in Western culture. It interprets our experiences and tells us the truth about our fears and longinigs. It is a catalyst to our thinking and an invaluable index to the minds and feelings of people around us.
In Realms of Gold Leland Ryken proceeds chronologically through some of the best of the best, from Homer through Shakespeare to Camus, offering not only a taste of the classics, but a framework in which to analyze them.
For students studying literature, this book serves as an introduction to the classics as friends; for those who have not read the classics in a long time, it is a motivation to renew delightful acquaintances; for people who already know the classics as intimate friends, it offers the opportunity to renew acquaintance within a Christian context. Read by Ken Myers.
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LELAND RYKEN is a professor of English at Wheaton College in Illinois. He is one of the editors of the anthology The Discerning Reader: Christian Perspectives on Literature and Theory, for which he is featured on Volume 23 of the Journal. He has written and edited several other books on literature and the arts, including How to Read the Bible as Literature and The Liberated Imagination: Thinking Christianly about the Arts.
Alan Jacobs, professor of English at Wheaton College, has been a regular guest on the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal since 1993, discussing subjects ranging from the problem of literary sentimentalism (as in The Bridges of Madison County), and the delights of historical fiction (as in seafaring narratives of Patrick O'Brian) to the repulsive attraction of the vampire novels of Anne Rice.
In his most recent book, A Visit to Vanity Fair: Moral Essays on the Present Age, Jacobs displays a similar range of breadth and depth, as well as significant portions of wit and grace. Included are essays on the mystery of true friendship (Friendship and Its Discontents), the severing of theology and literature (Preachers without Poetry), and the desire to know the future (Dowsing in Scripture).
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ALAN JACOBS is a professor of English at Wheaton College in Illinois, and a regular guest on the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and his B.A. from the University of Alabama. His professional interests include literary theory and the history of criticism, British Commonwealth literatre, and religion and literature. He is widely published, including articles in The American Scholar, Christianity and Literature, and Books and Culture.
Is humanity -- the quality of being human -- a blessing or a curse? Do we simply put up with it, or do we embrace it? Many Christians consider their purpose in life to deny or escape their humanity. But the humanity of Christians is tied up in the humanity of Christ. If Jesus Christ is human, then his humanity is something to be learned and lived. Many Christians, however, do not believe in the humanity of Jesus and consequently find it hard to affirm and live out their own humanity.
As Nigel Cameron points out in this powerful book, being human as Jesus Christ is human has profound implications for daily living. It means living as embodied creatures, using the gifts of perception and intellect, feeling and responding emotionally to life, using one's discernment and will to chart a course in keeping with God's leading. "The purpose of redemption," Cameron reminds us, "is to enable man to be once more himself, restored to his right mind and his right place as a creature under God. . . . The Christian life is the life of man, male and female, made in the image of God and after his likeness. To deny this humanity and attempt to reach beyond to a 'spirituality' which somehow contradicts it, is to fall prey once more to the tempter in his shining, specious livery, who as an angel of light beckons us to reach beyond the confines of our human existence to a place where in fact we deny it and fall from its dignity." This book is read by Ken Myers.
Nigel Cameron is President of the Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future, Director of the Center on Nanotechnology and Society, Research Professor of Bioethics and Associate Dean at Chicago-Kent College of Law in the Illinois Institute of Technology. Cameron founded the journal Ethics and Medicine in 1983 and is widely recognized as a commentator on bioethics and biotech policy issues. His books include The New Medicine: Life and Death After Hippocrates and Nanoscale: Issues and Perspectives for the Nano Century (edited, forthcoming). A native of the United Kingdom, he has studied at Cambridge and Edinburgh universities and the Edinburgh Business School.
In The Passionate Intellect, Norman Klassen and Jens Zimmermann trace the history of higher education from its medieval roots to the present, focusing on how educational agendas have been assembled in light of shifting understandings of the nature of knowledge and the nature of human well-being. They demonstrate that some form of humanism has always been central to the purposes of higher education, and insist that the recovery of a rich, Christocentric Christian humanism is the only way for the University to recover a coherent purpose. Read by Ken Myers.
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