If a friend were to ask you, “Is it OK to donate a kidney?” --what would you say? He or she is asking as a point of ethics and morality. What is your reply?

Are you a bright city on a hill (Mat 5:14) or do you feel shrouded in fog?

Does your church have a position statement on organ donation? IVF (in vitro fertilization)? Cloning? Stem cell research? Euthanasia? Or, for any current, questionable practice in healthcare or biotech research?

Do biomedical issues have any relation to the Christian doctrine of the Resurrection?

Why do some biotechnologies and end-of-life practices result in semantic and conceptual confusion of long-held Christian beliefs?

Which biomedical procedures are good for Christians to pursue?

Lots of questions! This blog will look into many biotech practices and pose a lot more questions. Please use the Disqus comment system on the individual blog posts to share your thoughts.

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...and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind ... the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind ...the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. -Genesis 1


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Flesh and Bone and The Protestant Conscience is an e-book on Amazon.com. It is 99¢ and in the Amazon lending library as well. It is also available here in PDF format. The book description follows.

Would you let your conscience be your guide?

Does God care if the skin and bone of the dead are passed along to the living for medical uses? Is organ donation OK with God? Should you sign a Living Will?

Did you know that dead organ donors are often anesthetized before their organs are removed? Do you know the current definition of death? The conscience cannot function without facts.

As we ponder the ethics of in vitro fertilization, stem cell research and man-made chimeras, our thoughts trail off. How then should we live? (Ez 33:10)

How should a Christian think about euthanasia by starvation when doctors and the state attorney general all agree it is time to withhold feeding from a brain injured patient? Some things are family matters, but someday it may be our family.

Here is a small book to help you think about whether you want to sign your driver's license, donate a kidney, cremate your loved one, and many other practical questions that may arise in the course of your healthcare decisions or watch over others.

It offers a special focus on the doctrine of the Resurrection that is related to such decisions. Sunday School classes and Bible Study groups could use this book to facilitate discussion about the issues covered.