Hope, the common good and our duty to the future

Mar 15, 2016 by

By Margaret Somerville and Rachael Wong, MercatorNet: Living in Canada, where the federal parliament is debating a bill to permit euthanasia, and teaching in the field of medicine, ethics and law, Professor Margaret Somerville is acutely aware of the conflict between progressive and traditional values that such issues provoke. Against this background her recent book, Bird on an Ethics Wire, explores the values needed to maintain a world that reasonable people would want to live in and pass on...

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GM embryos: What do Christians think?

Dec 15, 2015 by

By Harry Farley, Christian Post: The Church of England is in hot water with some evangelicals after it hinted it may support the genetic modification of human embryos. The controversial method known as germline editing involves changing the DNA in an embryo to alter a baby’s characteristics. The alteration could range from the eradication of hereditary disease to specifying a person’s height. Although it has been around for a number of years, debate has intensified since 2014 as...

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Here’s Where I Stand To Be Bold

Dec 2, 2015 by

By Craig D. Lounsbrough, M.Div., LPC: It seems that the idea of taking a stand is perpetually taking a beating.  The whole idea of taking a stand is driven by the conviction that at certain times the need to take a stand is unarguably undeniable and inescapably inescapable.  Taking a stand is taking a risk, and sometimes a big one.  Therefore, too often instead of taking a stand we try to take the shortest route directly out of wherever we’ve found ourselves standing. On the other side of that...

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When can the state kill?: Questions and issues in the case of Reyaad Khan

Sep 12, 2015 by

By Andrew Goddard, Fulcrum: The Prime Minister announced in the House of Commons on Monday that our armed forces used a remotely controlled aircraft (or drone) to kill Reyaad Khan in “a targeted strike to deal with a clear, credible and specific terrorist threat to our country at home”. This action was authorised by the Defence Secretary following discussions by the National Security Council and with the Attorney General’s assurance of a legal basis. The taking of human life is always a...

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Planned Parenthood murders living, breathing babies to harvest brains

Aug 21, 2015 by

By Archbishop Cranmer: Some people never have legs, and yet they can run the marathon of life faster than the Olympian. Some people never have eyes or ears, but they see secret things and hear silent words that we can never apprehend. Some people never have a voice, but they shout louder than the relentless hubbub of all humanity. Their spirits whisper, slide and sense a world of pain. Their impulse is to crawl back into the womb and long for the day they had never been born. If they could...

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Planned Inhumanities: From Roe to Obergefell

Aug 4, 2015 by

By Robert Oscar Lopez, Public Discourse: I am, perhaps, an outlier on the current Planned Parenthood scandal. I am not shocked that high-ranking officials in an organization by that name would be caught on video speaking callously about the harvesting of fetal organs. The fact that money is exchanged, and the question of whether this constitutes a “market,” do not particularly matter to me. Well-educated people believe that “planned parenthood” can lead to a socially just world. That hubris is...

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