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Belgium legalized euthanasia in 2002, amid reassurances that the practice would be used only under desperate circumstances. In the U.S., where euthanasia is illegal, many feared a “slippery slope” similar to the Netherlands. In this podcast, my special guest is Dr. Douglas Anderson,Professor of Pharmacy Practice. We comment on a disturbing new trend to use terminal sedation as a form of euthanasia in Belgium.
In his recent Chapel address on Martin Luther King Day, criminal justice professor Patrick Oliver gave a powerful exposition on God, government, and freedom. Borrowing from such diverse sources as the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the writings of Abraham Lincoln, and the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Professor Oliver wove a tapestry of balance between “the law of nature and the law of nature’s God,” between natural and general revelation, and between the evangelical and cultural mandate of Matthew 28:18-20.
In ethics, it is worthwhile to consider how we can impact the culture. Is it only through preaching the word of God, or is it also through confronting moral evils? Do we honor God in advocating for the sanctity of human life, defending traditional marriage, or confronting civil inequalities? What is the role of civil disobedience?
Listen to Professor Patrick’s penetrating analysis of these moral questions about our civil society.
Are you a health professional (doctor, nurse, pharmacist)? Are you a student preparing for one of these professions? Perhaps you are a pastor, counselor, or church outreach volunteer. Perhaps you are a social worker or hospital chaplain. You may work in pro-life advocacy, or in a women’s center.
If you are involved in any of these career paths, you know of the many new ethical questions that have arisen in modern biotechnology and medicine: What does it mean to be human? Who owns the life that I live? How should we make clinical decisions for our families and loved ones, for our friends, and for our society?
In spite of these complex new ethical questions, few universities provide in-depth training in ethical decision-making. Until now.
Cedarville University is offering a new, completely online Graduate Certificate in bioethics. Our latest podcast features a radio interview with the program director.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) is now a reality. And after the election of Barack Obama to a second term, it is clear that “Obamacare” is going to remain with us.
The national debate over health care reform has been one of the most divisive issues in our modern public discourse. One reason for this is that people often start discussing political solutions without really understanding the issues. The politics are messy, but the ethical issues at stake are critically important. Without rancor or political posturing, we take a look at the ethical problems in our current health care system and see how Obamacare may help.
This podcast is based on a radio interview with talk-show host Bob Burney on Christian Radio WRFD in Columbus.
A ballot initiative in Massachusetts may make physician-assisted suicide legal in that state. If approved, Massachusetts would join Washington and Oregon (and by a state Supreme Court ruling, Wisconsin) in allowing terminal patients to choose an early death by a doctor’s prescription. Our guest is Dr. Chuck Dolph, Professor of Psychology and Center for Bioethics Fellow, who will help us discuss the ethics of medically-assisted suicide.
Can medical missionaries engage in clinical research? Are there potential conflicts of interest between the goal of reaching nationals for Christ and engaging in medical research studies? We talk with Dr. Don Thompson, Director of the Global Health Outreach, the medical missions arm of the Christian Medical and Dental Association.
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Our podcast this time is an interview with Dr. Mark Smith, Associate Professor of Political Studies at Cedarville University, and director of the University’s Center for Political Studies. We discuss the history of abortion-related legislation and how it has been handled by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Does Scripture teach the value of human life in the womb? If so, how far back does this extend? Can we “prove” the idea that human beings are valuable and protectable at the earliest stage, namely an embryo? Center for Bioethics director Dr. Dennis Sullivan digs deeply into Luke Chapter 1 to find the surprising answers to these questions.
The FDA has recently approved the French emergency contraceptive drug (ella) for clinical use in the United States. In an earlier blog post, we expressed our objection. The new drug is actually chemically related to the abortion drug RU-486 (mifepristone), and it has a high likelihood acting as an abortifacient. In other words, the drug may act to prevent pregnancy, not just by preventing ovulation, but by aborting a new life. In this podcast, our guest is Dr. Jeff Lewis, Assistant Dean of the School of Pharmacy at Cedarville University.
Special Announcement: Health Care Ethics Conference, “Protecting the Vulnerable in the 21st Century,” Sept. 15-17, 2010 (Conference Details)