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WCF.M4.L29 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Discuss some of the issues surrounding abortion debates.
  • Compare approaches to death and dying issues.
  • Defend a position on new medical techniques affecting gene research and human reproduction.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 115-116Lesson 29 Introduction

  • General

  • Abortion

  • AFER (March/June 2005) 47,1, ATLA Religion Database
  • 24-43Chukwu: “The Moral and Social Implications of Abortion”

  • Dunnett and Beckwith are representative of a couple of positions on abortion that Evangelicals have held. Dunnett’s is more liberal while Beckwith’s is more conservative. Beckwith’s article is essentially a response to Dunnett’s.
    JETS (June 1990) 33,2, ATLA Religion Database
  • 215-225Dunnett: Evangelicals and Abortion

  • JETS (December 1990) 33,4, ATLA Religion Database
  • 489-508Beckwith: Brave New Bible: A Reply to the Moderate Evangelical Position on Abortion

  • Dying

  • Currents in Theology and Mission (February 1999) 26,1, ATLA Religion Databaase
  • 4-18Stortz: The Curtain Only Rises’: Assisted Death and the Practice of Baptism

  • Genetic and Reproductive Techniques

  • It is an important area for all Christians around the world to become acquainted with, even though not all are currently affected by new techniques.
    First Things (May 2001) 113, ATLA Religion Database
  • 17-24Kass: L’Chaim and Its Limits: Why Not Immortality?

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 116-119Lesson 29 Review

  • Inductive Bible Study
  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 358Global Teams: Module 4 Global Teams Inductive Bible Study Guidelines: Study L, Part II: Start writing the paper

  • Optional

  • Abortion
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 236Henan
  • 228Anhui
  • 240Jiangxi
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • Isn’t abortion an issue that all truly religious people around the world can agree on?

  • The Bible and many cultures accept death as a normal part of the human condition. Shouldn’t we in the West also do so, and not try to prolong physical life with costly life-support machines when there’s no longer quality mental and social life? And shouldn’t we allow physicians to assist those in pain, even to the point of helping them die if they so desire?

  • Should humans be in the business of genetic engineering and new reproductive techniques? If so, how and with what limitations? If not, how would you apply restrictions?