Intersections

Why Was “The Twitching Generation” So Popular on Bioethics.com?

by: 
Heather Zeiger, MS, MA

At bioethics.com, I curate and post articles from the media that deal with bioethics issues. A typical post at bioethics.com is a title, link, and short blurb from an article in the mainstream media, such as The Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesReuters, or the Associated Press. Over the past year, one bioethics.com post received more views in a single day than any other post, and it won by a large margin: “The Twitching Generation” by Helen Lewis at The Atlantic (See post here).[1] I posted “The Twitching Generation” on Monday February 28, 2022. On Saturday alone it received 2,512 views, and as of April 2022, it had 5,338 views. Those numbers are just for the bioethics.com post which serves as a thoroughfare to the actual article. The topic is apparently of interest to our bioethics readers, so let’s look at what we can learn from Helen Lewis’s article about teens and technology.

Priming the Pump: A Christian Vision for Bioethics

by: 
Kevin Vollema, MDiv

Gilbert Meilaender, Bioethics: A Primer for Christians, 4th ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2020).

With his book, Bioethics: A Primer for Christians, Gilbert Meilaender has given to the church a great gift. As a pastor of a church within an evangelical denomination who gets to walk beside members of my congregation as they wrestle with the ever-changing issues pertaining to real life bioethical questions, I am grateful to have access to a book like Meilaender’s.

What American Mental Health Care Is Missing and How Churches Can Help

by: 
Stephen P. Greggo, PsyD

Ministry along the Mental Health Continuum, Part II

Editor's Note: This Intersections post is part of a series, Ministry along the Mental Health Continuum.  You can view Part I here.

Ministry leaders who foster vital congregational community can constructively address the adverse trends in the growing national crisis regarding the upturn in mental illness. In the previous piece on ministry along the mental health continuum, the charge to ministry leaders was to be part of the solution: faith communities serve a stabilizing function that increase disease resistance by reversing isolation. Here, that challenge will be expanded. Ministry leaders can indeed be part of a larger social movement that promotes mental health and fulfills our Gospel calling. Awareness of trends in mental health care can assist clergy to customize and deepen the support offered to struggling parishioners.

The Pandemic Mental Illness Outbreak: A Ministry Perspective

by: 
Stephen P. Greggo, PsyD

Ministry along the Mental Health Continuum, Part 1

“A pandemic within the pandemic” is how one psychiatrist recently depicted the country’s mental health quandary in the Boston Globe. The contention is that the COVID-19 crisis, with its isolating social restrictions, heated up toxic stress that exacerbated the demand for psychiatric services. The byline states that “access to care must be dramatically expanded.” This medical insider passionately pleads for legislators, insurance companies, regulators, and medical boards to respond “boldly and swiftly” to counteract a crisis of pandemic proportions.

 

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