Him Before Us: Wisdom to Inform Bioethical Conversation

Stephen P. Greggo, PsyD

The movie Me Before You has garnered attention on Intersections. . . In this second post, I explore the role that culture has on our Christian imagination. I ask clergy and ministry leaders: Are those providing pastoral care and counsel ready to engage on a theological level with families and individuals who are dealing with profound existential questions and range of health care choices?

Him Before All: Wisdom to Inform Bioethical Conversation

Stephen P. Greggo, PsyD

The movie Me Before You has garnered attention by several contributors on Intersections. See the posts by Joni Eareckson Tada and Will Honeycutt. In what follows I offer my voice to this conversation in two posts. In this first post, I explore 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?

The Challenge of Bringing Bioethics into Ministry

Nathan D. Babcock, MDiv

Before I re-entered the full-time preaching ministry in October 2012, I was deeply engaged in thinking, reading, and writing about bioethics. For several years I had been living with one foot in the local church—preaching and pastoring—and the other foot in the Christian academy—pursuing my Master of Divinity and working for the seminary at which I was studying.

My seminary studies introduced me to bioethics and also spurred my passion for exploring it theologically. I delivered a paper on nanotechnology, wrote another on cognitive enhancement, became a member of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, and attended their annual conferences. . .

Since then, however, my attention to bioethics has waned. So many other matters—the constant demands of pastoral care, leading a ministry staff, administrating programs and events, and weekly preaching, among others—have seemed more urgent, more necessary to the work I am called to do. My membership with CBHD lapsed. The bioethics books on my shelf have remained unread. My intention to educate church members about bioethics has gone unrealized. So, when the invitation came to write this piece I was surprised and, frankly, unprepared. My immediate thought was, “What on earth can I write about and not seem like a totally uninformed fool?” But it occurred to me that many pastors probably find it difficult, like I now do, to integrate bioethical education into the daily, monthly, and yearly work of local church leadership.

Me Before You and Physician-Assisted Suicide

Will Honeycutt, DMin

When an idea or concept needs a push in popular culture, Hollywood often makes a movie about it. With the power of emotional drama and a film score designed to tug at the heart, Hollywood has the power to advance ideas that we would otherwise reject on moral grounds. Its most recent attempt uses the book-to-movie love story Me Before You to create sympathy for and acceptance of euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS).