End of Life: On Refusing Treatment (Meilaender)

 Tragically, it happens: we are diagnosed with an illness or condition that means death is inevitable sooner rather than later.  To knowingly face death is one of the hardest things in life, and it leads to some very difficult choices.  Should we undergo treatment(s) trying to prolong life?  Or should we forego them and perhaps… Continue reading End of Life: On Refusing Treatment (Meilaender)

Suffering, Bioethics, and the Gospel

In the past, I’ve noted that Gilbert Meilaender (a Lutheran theologian and bioethicist) has written some helpful essays and books on bioethics.  Specifically worth noting is the third edition of Bioethics: A Primer for Christians.  In the opening chapter, he says the following about suffering. “Suffering is not a good thing, not something one ought… Continue reading Suffering, Bioethics, and the Gospel

Erasing Traumatic Memories?

Gilbert Meilaender, the Lutheran theologian and bioethicist, has some very helpful essays on ethics and the Christian life.  I've read his book Bioethics before, which I really enjoyed.  I also own a collection of his essays called The Freedom of a Christian.  I appreciate all the essays, though one that sticks out for me is… Continue reading Erasing Traumatic Memories?

Why Remember? (Meilaender)

 Gilbert Meilaender, the Lutheran theologian and bioethicist, has some very helpful essays on ethics and the Christian life.  I've read his book Bioethics before, which I really enjoyed.  I just finished one essay in a collection of his essays called The Freedom of a Christian.  The essay is called "Why Remember?"  In this essay, Meilaender wrestles with… Continue reading Why Remember? (Meilaender)