Let’s start the New Year with a book…about bioethics. Fun stuff!
This stuff matters more than you realize in these days. Consider, for example, the paraplegic who needs ongoing medical care. It’s expensive, extremely so, and isn’t going to add to “quality of life.” But is life enough? I’ve always argued “YES.” Beyond that, though, what’s the argument for it?
Or the child that you know will be born with difficulties? What of the aging senior citizen who provides nothing further of monetary value to the economy and instead requires ongoing medical care?
These issues affect the church and the people within it. Many of them seem quite simple in the abstract, but Christian Bioethics does a great job of bringing home the complexity for those of us without medical degrees. As long, I think, as you have some basic competence in science, you can understand what is happening here.
Further, Drs. Mitchell & Riley demonstrate a grasp of Scripture. They do not attempt to get out of the demands and rigors of God’s Word, but attempt to connect action in the modern age with imperatives that are eternal.
I like this as a study text for pastors and professionals. I think as a guide for families, it’s more suited to study before the events than as a “here, you’re in the middle of a crisis, read this” book.
I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for the review.