Intersections

Death and the Church, Part IV

by: 
Robert C. Kurka, DMin

This final essay in my series on “Death and the Church,” was intended to be a summons to the local church to provide hospice training for its members. Clearly, there is hardly a better present-day ministry for a faith community to practice a Christian view of dying than a hospice program constructed on sound biblical premises. Certainly, an Intersections article needs to be written on the dignity and comfort that hospice provides to an incurable patient, not to mention the transformational effect such service brings to a team of caregivers. However, due in large part to an article in a recent Trinity Journal, this piece is taking another direction.

Bioethics in Transition: Why Academic Conferences Still Matter

by: 
Paige C. Cunningham, JD, PhD

“I was expecting something inspirational and devotional. This was egghead stuff, and not really Christian.” That is a rough paraphrase of a comment from one attendee at our recent summer conference. He may have been anticipating more of a focus on discipleship and inspiration for Christian living, which I enjoy—and would expect––at meetings of organizations dedicated to encouraging Christian physicians and lawyers. Or, he may have thought that plenary speakers would frequently reference biblical texts as the primary content of their presentations, since it was a Christian bioethics conference.

Celebrating WALL-E’s 10th Birthday

by: 
Michael Cox, PhD

For those with eyes to see, the movie WALL-E (Disney and Pixar, 2008) can be something of an apocalypse, revealing God’s Kingdom and stoking a Christian imagination.

800 years from now the remnant of humanity exists on the Axiom, a space cruise ship. The high-tech deck chairs supporting their overfed/corpulent bodies double as hovercraft to move them around the ship. All interaction between humans is mediated by a device. Every hobby is virtual. Every meal comes in a cup.

Disincarnation and the Digital Era

by: 
Paige C. Cunningham, JD, PhD

Do you know this person? “Well, we’ve met by email,” or “I know her voice from phone conversations.” I recently returned from meetings in Washington, DC, where this scene played out several times. Communications technology allowed us to exchange information and discover mutual interests before the trip, but I could not say that I knew the person until meeting face to face.

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