Intersections

Evaluating Uterine Transplantation

by: 
Susan M. Haack, MD, MA, MDiv, FACOG

“As long as patients want it, there will be people trying to figure out how to make it safe and effective.”[1]

The desire to have a child of one’s own is a compelling force for many women. This desire drives many of the technological advances in reproductive medicine of which uterine transplantation is a prime example. Its recent development highlights the quagmire of ethical issues arising from technological advancement. When perfected, this procedure would appear to be a promising achievement, providing women who would have had no possibility of reproducing with the hope of having a child of their own.

Bioethics Bookshelf: After You Believe by N. T. Wright

by: 
Michael Cox, PhD (Candidate)

In my own evangelical tradition, there is a tendency to narrow the focus of salvation so much that we find ourselves wondering, “What are we saved by grace for? In his book After You Believe, a sequel to Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope, the esteemed New Testament scholar N. T. Wright addresses this problem in a compelling and accessible way. This difficulty is highlighted in this summary shared with Wright by a new Christian:

God loves me; yes.

He’s transformed my life so that I find I want to pray, to worship, to read the Bible, to abandon the old self-destructive ways I used to behave. That’s great.

I Need God in My Suffering

by: 
Joni Eareckson Tada

When we wonder why we must suffer, we’re actually asking questions of someone. That someone is God. But why he created suffering doesn’t really matter. The only thing that matters is how we respond. When we can’t find the answers we’re looking for, we can find peace in the only true answer: We need God! Affliction is the lowest common denominator for all of us. Philippians 1:29 tells us to expect suffering: “For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.” But no matter how strong our faith is, it’s natural to ask why.

Him Before Us: Wisdom to Inform Bioethical Conversation

by: 
Stephen P. Greggo, PsyD

The movie Me Before You has garnered attention on Intersections. See the posts by Joni Eareckson Tada and Will Honeycutt. Here I offer my voice to this conversation in the second of two posts. In the first post, I explored this question for those who treasure the Triune God of Christianity: Are the vivid moral questions asked by our culture generating conversations in our faith communities?

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