Intersections

Plagues, Parables, and Pundits: A Lesson from Church History (Part 2)

by: 
Michael Cox, PhD (Candidate)

Eusebius describes the response of Christians to plague and persecution thus:

The most of our brethren were unsparing in their exceeding love and brotherly kindness. They held fast to each other and visited the sick fearlessly, and ministered to them continually, serving them in Christ. And they died with them most joyfully, taking the affliction of others, and drawing the sickness from their neighbors to themselves and willingly receiving their pains. And many who cared for the sick and gave strength to others died themselves having transferred to themselves their death.

Towards a Christian Perspective on Gender Dysphoria

by: 
Todd Daly, PhD

In recent years, discussions concerning the relation between one’s sense of self and one’s body have become increasingly prosaic. We are in the midst of a ‘gender nonconformity’ cultural revolution that defies gender stereotypes, grounded in the belief that one’s true self is the inner person of thoughts, feelings, and desires. The very public transition of Bruce to Caitlyn, bathroom wars, boycotts, and the introduction of several controversial governmental policies attest to a crisis of identity that challenges nearly every aspect of society.

Plagues, Parables, and Pundits (Part 1)

by: 
Michael Cox, PhD (Candidate)

Terrible, too, was the sight of people dying like sheep through having caught the disease as a result of nursing others. This indeed caused more deaths than anything else. For when people were afraid to visit the sick, then they died with no one to look after them . . . . The bodies of the dying were heaped one on top of the other, and half-dead creatures could be seen staggering about in the streets or flocking around the fountains in their desire for water.[1]

Life with Borders

by: 
Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., PhD

It’s already too late to start debating whether or not scientists should clone a mammal. As is commonly known, that is precisely what scientists did in Scotland back in 1997 when they cloned an adult sheep named “Dolly.”

Dolly’s clone was not easily conceived, for it took researchers 277 attempts before they produced 29 embryos that survived longer than six days. Even then, only one lamb was born as a result! And here is where the ethical implications begin to appear, for if a similar ratio of human embryos were used in an attempted human cloning, the loss of human life would be morally unconscionable.

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