Center Resources - Fall 2003

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Selected Books

The Pill: Addressing the Scientific and Ethical Questions of the Abortifacient Issue

Linda Questions K. Bevington and Russell DiSilvestro (editors)

This resource consists of a collection of articles addressing the complex question of whether the birth control pill sometimes acts to cause the death of an early embryo. This question has caused some couples, physicians, and pastors to cease use, prescription, and/or advocacy of the pill, while others remain unconvinced of its alleged abortifacient effect. Authored by physicians and other professionals, the packet's numerous articles outline the scientific evidence (or lack thereof) being pointed to in support of each position. The myriad of ethical questions raised by this issue are also reflected upon by those on both sides of this debate. The packet’s introduction goes beyond the abortifacient question, encouraging the reader to engage in thoughtful reflection on such matters as the use of contraception, God’s design for marriage and the family, the purposes of sexuality, and the impact of the decision concerning pill use on the woman’s lifestyle and health. Also featured are FAQ’s, position statements of major Christian organizations, and an annotated bibliography. 198 pages.

Code#P008 M price $15 NM price $19

Life's Worth: The Case Against Assisted Suicide

Arthur J. Dyck, Mary a Saltonstall Professor if Population Ethics, Harvard University

This new addition to the Center's single-author series offers a full discussion of the contemporary topic of assisted suicide, framing the issue in secular terms and examining the longstanding Western tradition that prohibits this practice. It critiques current arguments for assisted suicide and outlines a Christian response, staunchly maintaining that assisted suicide is unacceptable in any and all circumstances. Life's Worth is a must-read for anyone grappling with the growing trend toward acceptance of physician-assisted suicide.

Code#B103 M price $16 NM price $20

Does God Need Our Help?

John F Kilner; C. Ben Mitchell

Table of Contents:

Part 1 — Tools: Distinguishing Right from Wrong

1. It Started with Hippocrates 3

2. Then Along Came Bioethics 17

3. Does the Bible Address Bioethics? 35

Part 2— Health Care: Across the Lifespan

4. Embryonic Ethics: Stem Cell Research, Abortion and Beyond 61

5. Life on the Line: End-of-Life Treatment and Resource Allocation 85

6. Breathtaking Decisions: Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia 115

Part 3— Biotechnology: Shaping the Human Race

7. Thirty-eight Ways to Make a Baby 137

8. Send in the Clones? 155

9. Who’s Splashing in the Gene Pool? 171

10. Remaking Humanity: The New Utopians versus a Truly Human Future 191

Recommended Resources 207

Discussion Questions 213

233 pages, Hardcover

Code# B305 M price $9 NM price $11

Cutting-Edge Bioethics: A Christian Exploration of Technologies and Trends

John F Kilner; C. Christopher Hook, and Diann B. Uustal (editors)

This book provides ã’faith-based evaluation of recent technologies and friends in bioethics—-including the current debate over stem cell research, artificial intelligence, and more. These issues—and the ethical questions they raise—are evaluated from a Christian perspective by notable scholars and medical practitioners. 201 pages.

CODE#B008 M price $17 NM price $22

Featured Speakers' Resources

These titles are now available on CD!

A = Audio - V = Video - AC = Audio CD - M = Member - NM = Non-member

audios: M prices = $6 NM price = $8 - videos: M price = $12 NM price = $16 - CD: M prices = $8 NM price = $10


E. David Cook, Ph.D.

Professor, Oxford University,

Oxford, England

The Challenges and Opportunities of Genetic Intervention

This talk introduces the broad and important field of genetics by describing the kinds of genetic information being obtained through the Human Genome Project as well as the subsequent developments in genetic intervention. Consideration is given to the amount of DNA humans share with other organisms (67% with bananas and a large percentage with animals), as well as to the many challenges related to both the helpful and discriminatory ways that genetic information about individual persons can be used. Genetic replacement and genetic manipulation techniques, used for both therapeutic and enhancement purposes, are also evaluated. Special questions raised by xenotransplantation and transgenics are also discussed.

Code#AS01, ACS01

Richard Swenson, M.D.

Former Director; Future Health Study Center; Menomonie, WI

The Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

Underscores the urgent need for Christians to address the challenges accompanying the unprecedented changes in health care and society.

Code# A629, AC629, V609

C. Christopher Hook, M.D.

Director of Ethics Education, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester; MN

Cybernetics and Nanotechnology

Provides a review of current and anticipated advances in cybernetics and nanotechnology and considers the significant ethical concerns associated with these fields.

Code# A617, AC617

C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D.

Prof. of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture, Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL

Ethical Challenges Ahead

Highlights critical ethical challenges expected to emerge in the coming biotechnology age and suggests a strategy for societal engagement in the next decade and beyond.

Code# A622, AC622

Francis Collins, Ph.D.

Director of. the National Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, MD

The Genetic Revolution

Asserts that many sectors of society, particularly the church, must grapple with the challenges and implications of emerging genetic knowledge and technologies.

Code # A606, AC606