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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; 1 edition (October 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433501449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433501449
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David VanDrunen is Robert B. Strimple associate professor of systematic theology and Christian ethics, Westminster Seminary California, Escondido, California.


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David VanDrunen is Robert B. Strimple associate professor of systematic theology and Christian ethics, Westminster Seminary California, Escondido, California.

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I really appreciated Dr. VanDrunen's book 'BioEthics and the Christian Life'.
K. Harker
This is something to remember now before we suffer deeply so we can handle it without selfishness: love your neighbor as yourself!
Shane Lems
The author handles very difficult issues in a clear and concise manner making well thought out arguments throughout.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shane Lems VINE VOICE on November 3, 2009
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In Bioethics and the Christian Life, David VanDrunen discusses bioethical issues such as in vitro fertilization, infertility, family planning, assisted suicide, organ donation, "death with dignity," euthenasia, and stem-cell research - just to name a few. Before digging into these tough issues, VanDrunen first discusses some of the main points of the Christian faith (God's sovereignty, man's sinfulness, God's providence, Christ's death and resurrection, man as image bearers, and so forth) and how these main points affect our bioethical decisions. He then applies these biblical truths to the harder bioethical situations that show up in the last part of the book. In short, he argues that bioethical decisions are theologically based. I appreciated this focus of the book, that good bioethical decisions must be based on clear biblical truths.

One other great point of the book is VanDrunen's section on Chrstian virtues (faith, hope, love, courage, contentment, and wisdom). These are "virtues we should cultivate in order to be prepared to make [bioethical decisions] well. Becoming a morally responsible bioethics decision-maker is the task of a lifetime and cannot be reduced to figuring out the right answer at a particular moment of crisis" (p. 15). This is excellent: bioethics have to do with Christian sanctification, growing more like Christ by God's grace and Spirit. We're guided by the main principles of Scripture that tell Christians how to live grateful lives. As we grow in grace, we cultivate the virtues that Christ is forming in us. These virtues are a huge part of bioethical decisions.

To give a bit more detail, here are two more emphases that I thought were outstanding.

First, VanDrunen calls us out of selfishness in our bioethical decision making.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Wingard on March 16, 2010
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Christians grappling with beginning and end of life issues will welcome this fine book by minister, attorney, and theologian David VanDrunen. He asserts that "[b]ecoming a morally responsible bioethics decision-maker is the task of a lifetime and cannot be reduced to figuring out the right answer at a particular moment of crisis. Bioethical decisions must be made within the context of lifelong growth in Christian maturity" (15). He is persuaded that "having a firm and knowledgeable theological foundation is crucial for living the Christian life well" (17). The pages that follow reveal a solid grasp of scripture and Christian doctrine, as well as an informed understanding of contemporary bioethical debates, scientific data, and medical care. His impressive learning complements his admirable sensitivity to the deep hurts and intense struggles that confront Christians in times of disappointment and crisis.

Part one (the Foundations of Bioethics) surveys several approaches to public health care options, and encourages Christian participation in the health care system and public debates.

The author expounds the theological doctrines at the foundation of Christian decision-making, beginning with the bedrock truth of God's sovereignty. "The sovereignty of God refers to the idea that God not only knows all things comprehensively - past, present, and future - but also has planned and ordained all things such that everything, from the greatest event of history to the most obscure, comes to pass according to the counsel of his will. Scripture informs us that the sovereignty of God is a source of great comfort and encouragement for believers in Christ... Perhaps no doctrine promises to shape our general attitude toward bioethics more profoundly than this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Harker on May 22, 2011
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I really appreciated Dr. VanDrunen's book 'BioEthics and the Christian Life'. As someone who has been affected by infertility, it was an interesting read. I thought that Dr. VanDrunen's arguments were scripturally sound and insightful. He brought issues to the table that I hadn't even considered. I would definitely recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shawn White on February 9, 2013
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This book was helpful in looking at the complicated realm of bioethics. This world exposes us to increasingly difficult issues. This book is helpful at helping to look at bioethical issues, from birth to end of life, from a Christian worldview.
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