Intersections

Thinking as Christians about Love, Compassion, and Suffering at the End of Life

by: 
Paige C. Cunningham, JD, PhD

“When someone who is in terrible pain is at the end of their life, why isn’t it the loving and compassionate thing to end their suffering?” A small group confronted me with this question, and variations on its theme, after a bioethics presentation I gave not too long ago at a church.

A Podcast for the MedTech Age: An Interview with Zac and Sally Crippen

by: 
Zac and Sally Crippen

Vernacular is a podcast hosted by Zac and Sally Crippen. Here is how the authors themselves describe their podcast:

“At Vernacular Podcast Network, we believe in living well. Aristotle called this eudaimonia. We generally translate this into the vernacular as “human flourishing”—that is, how to live our lives well and to the fullest. Our podcast explores this idea, but not in the ways you might think. It’s not just a philosophy podcast. Nor is it simply a lifestyle podcast. It’s a little bit of both, but not really either. It’s music reviews and movie previews, sports forecasts and food recipes, philosophizing on the nature of knowledge and prognosticating on the future of science. Most of the time we interview interesting guests and contributors. And we always try hard to keep it fun. The only stuffiness is from our studio closet, which has no ventilation and gets pretty warm when we’re recording. But that’s for us to worry about.”

 

A Review of "Love Thy Body" by Nancy R. Pearcey

by: 
Janie Valentine, MA

In her 2018 book, Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality,[1] Christian apologist Nancy R. Pearcey tackles a variety of hot-button ethical issues including abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, hookup culture, and transgenderism. Chapter by chapter, Pearcey makes the case that Western secularism denigrates the human body by embracing each of these practices, and she defends the holistic realism of Christian ethics in response.

The ‘Slippery Slope’ of Euthanasia

by: 
Paige C. Cunningham, JD, PhD

One of my favorite parts of getting around Washington, D.C. is the Metro system. The zzzip of the Metro fare card that opens the turnstile, the flashing lights that announce the incoming train, and the garbled announcements of the upcoming station create a vivid collage. Even more, the long entrance/exit rides, such as on Rosslyn station’s 270-foot escalator, induce a bit of vertigo. The wide stainless steel divider might tempt brash or drunk riders to emulate their childhood prowess on the playground slide, but large discs mounted at strategic intervals along the divider deter all but the most foolhardy. It is dangerous to descend that slippery slope.

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