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Just about everyone will face a difficult bioethics decision at some point. In this book a theologian, ethicist, and lawyer equips Christians to make such decisions based on biblical truth, wisdom, and virtue. Though a relatively new discipline, bioethics has generated extraordinary interest due to a number of socially pressing issues. Bioethics and the Christian Life place Just about everyone will face a difficult bioethics decision at some point. In this book a theologian, ethicist, and lawyer equips Christians to make such decisions based on biblical truth, wisdom, and virtue. Though a relatively new discipline, bioethics has generated extraordinary interest due to a number of socially pressing issues. Bioethics and the Christian Life places bioethics within the holistic context of the Christian life, both developing a general Christian approach to making bioethics decisions and addressing a number of specific, controversial areas of bioethics. Clear, concise, and well-organized, the book is divided into three sections. The first lays the theological foundation for bioethics decision making and discusses the importance of wisdom and virtue in working through these issues. The second section addresses beginning-of-life issues, such as abortion, stem-cell research, and infertility treatments. The third section covers end-of-life issues, such as living wills, accepting and refusing medical treatment, and treatment of patients in permanent vegetative states.


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Just about everyone will face a difficult bioethics decision at some point. In this book a theologian, ethicist, and lawyer equips Christians to make such decisions based on biblical truth, wisdom, and virtue. Though a relatively new discipline, bioethics has generated extraordinary interest due to a number of socially pressing issues. Bioethics and the Christian Life place Just about everyone will face a difficult bioethics decision at some point. In this book a theologian, ethicist, and lawyer equips Christians to make such decisions based on biblical truth, wisdom, and virtue. Though a relatively new discipline, bioethics has generated extraordinary interest due to a number of socially pressing issues. Bioethics and the Christian Life places bioethics within the holistic context of the Christian life, both developing a general Christian approach to making bioethics decisions and addressing a number of specific, controversial areas of bioethics. Clear, concise, and well-organized, the book is divided into three sections. The first lays the theological foundation for bioethics decision making and discusses the importance of wisdom and virtue in working through these issues. The second section addresses beginning-of-life issues, such as abortion, stem-cell research, and infertility treatments. The third section covers end-of-life issues, such as living wills, accepting and refusing medical treatment, and treatment of patients in permanent vegetative states.

30 review for Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alan Giles

    Very practical, useful, exegetically sound book. Something pastors should have on their shelves.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I am very interested in the topic of bioethics and think it is imperative for Christians to reflect more on questions of death and life, particularly related to procreation and end of life issues. This book took a slightly different approach compared to other similar books by focusing on the role of virtues in thinking about and pursuing ethical decisions. I found this helpful and insightful. I found myself frustrated with this book at times because it tries to accomplish too much for its scope. I am very interested in the topic of bioethics and think it is imperative for Christians to reflect more on questions of death and life, particularly related to procreation and end of life issues. This book took a slightly different approach compared to other similar books by focusing on the role of virtues in thinking about and pursuing ethical decisions. I found this helpful and insightful. I found myself frustrated with this book at times because it tries to accomplish too much for its scope. The first third of the book reviewed a lot of basics in Christian theology/worldview- at times the author spent too much time summarizing various Biblical stories or theological concepts rather than referencing them for the purpose of bioethics. Readers totally unfamiliar with doctrines of imago dei or creation may find the overview helpful, but I found it too simplistic and redundant (as it was referenced throughout the book.) Additionally, the writing style is very wordy. At times it felt like it was written to be a speech rather than a book, with many paragraphs summarizing or re-summarizing previous ideas and telling the reader exactly what would be discussed next. This filled up too much space without offering new ideas or insights. There are some good ideas in this book and the focus on doctrine, virtue, and worldview is important, but overall I found it to attempt breadth at the expense of depth.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Bioethics is a very complicated area, made only more complicated by advancements in medical technology. I felt that, as a Christian working in the medtech industry, I should seek to investigate the ethics of my line of work, and whether by seeking better healthcare for others, was I unintentionally not seeking the glory of God? When I first started this book, I expected it to be a comprehensive resource that I could use to dialogue with co-workers, customers, and pro-choice advocates. While it is Bioethics is a very complicated area, made only more complicated by advancements in medical technology. I felt that, as a Christian working in the medtech industry, I should seek to investigate the ethics of my line of work, and whether by seeking better healthcare for others, was I unintentionally not seeking the glory of God? When I first started this book, I expected it to be a comprehensive resource that I could use to dialogue with co-workers, customers, and pro-choice advocates. While it is useful for this, the book was written very intentionally from a biblical, Christian worldview. Hence, it is assumed that the reader holds to a Christian perspective on life and death. "The Christian Life" part of the title is particularly important to know. It's also important to note that this book isn't as comprehensive as other books on bioethics, but is intentionally more practical. It won't cover everything, but it sufficiently addresses most scenarios in which we all may one day be required to make difficult decisions.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zach Hollifield

    Much of it was great and insightful. However, I prefer Meilaender’s *Bioethics* simply because of its brevity on similar issues. While I probably agree more on some issues wiry Vandrunen than Meilaender, Meilaender is comfortable coming down on controversial positions and I felt Vandrunen was more content to let the reader decide. I’d rather read an author who takes a side even if I disagree. Still, a fine book and a helpful one. His chapters on death (7) and suicide and killing/letting die (8) Much of it was great and insightful. However, I prefer Meilaender’s *Bioethics* simply because of its brevity on similar issues. While I probably agree more on some issues wiry Vandrunen than Meilaender, Meilaender is comfortable coming down on controversial positions and I felt Vandrunen was more content to let the reader decide. I’d rather read an author who takes a side even if I disagree. Still, a fine book and a helpful one. His chapters on death (7) and suicide and killing/letting die (8) were particularly good.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Zack

    If you’re into the practical applications of theology, doctrine, and life philosophy, you’ll enjoy reading this book by David Vandrunen. He gives a detailed and educated overview of several current bioethical issues, including fertility treatments, euthanasia, status of the human embryo, assisted nutrition and hydration, and birth control. Interestingly, Vandrunen doesn’t give exact answers to a few of the more gray issues. He does not presume to make a blanket statement about a topic when the B If you’re into the practical applications of theology, doctrine, and life philosophy, you’ll enjoy reading this book by David Vandrunen. He gives a detailed and educated overview of several current bioethical issues, including fertility treatments, euthanasia, status of the human embryo, assisted nutrition and hydration, and birth control. Interestingly, Vandrunen doesn’t give exact answers to a few of the more gray issues. He does not presume to make a blanket statement about a topic when the Bible doesn’t do so. However, he does lay out a rock solid foundation of Biblical theological topics and Christian virtues in the book’s first section. He proceeds to use them as the guidelines Christians should use when making every decision they encounter, including difficult bioethical ones. He emphasizes the importance of living out these theological topics and virtues in our daily lives, and from that we will be equipped to make the best decision when a bioethical issue confronts us (which he asserts will happen to nearly every Christian at some point in this age of astounding medical advancements). Vandrunen’s expositions on Scripture are accurate and insightful; I recommend this book to any Christian who isn’t quite familiar with the various issues that arise in the field of bioethics. Just keep a dictionary close by while reading this haha.

  6. 5 out of 5

    WH

    Important book for Christians to read about thorny medical situations that we increasingly face in today's world. I really appreciate the way the author lays out not only the theological issues (which he does masterfully), but also the character issues for Christians as they confront these issues as real people. I also really appreciate the way the author respects the liberty of Christians and does not say more than Scripture itself says. The book doesn't answer every question that arises from t Important book for Christians to read about thorny medical situations that we increasingly face in today's world. I really appreciate the way the author lays out not only the theological issues (which he does masterfully), but also the character issues for Christians as they confront these issues as real people. I also really appreciate the way the author respects the liberty of Christians and does not say more than Scripture itself says. The book doesn't answer every question that arises from these complicated questions, but provides the basic framework from which a Christian may think through how they can pursue a wise and God-honoring path of obedience in the midst of difficult medical situations. Highly recommended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Thought provoking and comprehensive, the author lays a strong foundation for considering a broad range of minor and major medical situations. Issues that are ignored or handled with pure emotion are considered rationally but with respect and understanding for the people affected by such adversity. As the author says repeatedly, one cannot answer every question ahead of time which is why it is important to develop a proper worldview.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Good introduction to bioethics. I particularly enjoyed chapter 3 on virtue and the need to cultivate the virtues of faith, hope, love, contentment, courage, and wisdom in order to guide our decisions.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    nice set-up of what to consider when faced with difficult decisions.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Micah Renihan

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Thomas

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jason

  13. 4 out of 5

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  15. 4 out of 5

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Richard

  17. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Rollo

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dempsey N. Holloway

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey Meissner

  20. 4 out of 5

    Helen

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Rao

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bobby Crenshaw

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jason Ruis

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jane Gregga

  25. 5 out of 5

    Adam Sauer

  26. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    'Bioethics and the Christian Life' is an excellent resource for tackling some of life's most difficult ethical questions. Dr. VanDrunen's writing style is clear and his reasoning is solid, yet lucid. I would recommend that every pastor add this to their personal library, as it a resource that will yield dividends. My primary criticism and frustration is that there is not a single footnote or endnote in the entire book. The author's frequent reference to "some authors," without ever providing a s 'Bioethics and the Christian Life' is an excellent resource for tackling some of life's most difficult ethical questions. Dr. VanDrunen's writing style is clear and his reasoning is solid, yet lucid. I would recommend that every pastor add this to their personal library, as it a resource that will yield dividends. My primary criticism and frustration is that there is not a single footnote or endnote in the entire book. The author's frequent reference to "some authors," without ever providing a source had me continually writing "Who?" in the margins.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Timothy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Hendricks

  29. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Johnson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eric Chappell

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