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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (June 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310328527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310328520
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John F. Kilner (PhD, Harvard) is the Franklin Forman Chair of Ethics, Professor of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture, and Director of Bioethics Programs at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. The author or editor of 20 books, Dr. Kilner served as President and CEO of The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Bannockburn, Illinois from 1994–2005.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elisabeth Carey on August 29, 2011
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This is a collection of essays built around three case studies, illustrating why the Church needs to study and explore bioethics. Each of the case studies presents a moral and ethical dilemma which the affected parties are not handling well. Each situation is then examined in several essays from a variety of perspectives, by experts from different fields: legal, medical, business, multicultural, bioethics, psychology, pastoral care.

The three case studies are a couple trying to have a baby via egg donation from the wife's sister; four graduate students who have been told by their very distinguished and powerful thesis advisor that they can help him make the critical breakthroughs in cold fusion, but only if they take a brain stimulant that's illegal in the US and is "reasonably safe"; and a man dying a painful death of pancreatic cancer, whose teenage daughter is angry and resentful because he has stopped chemotherapy, and whose wife is wondering if assisted suicide can end his suffering and give him a good death. The essayists are all Christians, and all approach these issues from a Christian perspective. Their professional backgrounds, and hence much of their viewpoint apart from religion, varies widely. Individually and collectively, they make clear why the Church needs to address issues of bioethics, and how informed and thoughtful bioethical guidance from religious leaders, fellow parishioners, and others can help believers who face moral and ethical dilemmas relating to modern medical technology, as well as the doctors, lawyers, counselors, and others who must assist them in these decisions.

This is a serious, thoughtful, well-written book that does not provide simple answers or suggest that simple answers are possible.
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Every pastor and counselor should read this book! These are the questions facing families today. Kilner asks the reader to stop and consider a godly perspective on bioethics, but does not tell him what to believe!
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Its a excellent study book for seminary students as well for Christians who wants to do the right thing before God.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greypen on June 24, 2012
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If Christianity is truly relevant to our lives today, then Christians ought to be thinking about how faith in Christ can inform healthcare choices. This timely book, which might just as well have been titled "Why Bioethics Needs the Church," is a call to Christians confronted by rapidly changing medical technologies to consider biblical principles in seeking for wisdom in responding to life's challenges. Recognizing that there are no easy answers to difficult healthcare decisions, a team of authors from the fields of theology, biblical studies, medicine, ethics, intercultural ministry, law, education and preaching has come together to help the reader to understand and think through issues at the beginning and end of life as well as those during times in between.

This book is an essential addition to my personal library and one for which I expect to reach each time a new biomedical development appears in the headlines. Even more, this is a resource that I would recommend for use in church homegroup discussions, adult Christian education classes, pastoral counseling, undergraduate and graduate educational curricula, and sermon development.

This book is an indispensable resource for Christian healthcare professionals who regard their service as ministry. This book will also be valuable to others who wish to become more familiar with Christian insights relevant to discussions about how to use new medical technologies in ways that promote human flourishing and respect human dignity.
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