How Should Biblical Morality Shape Immigration, Refugee, and Border Policy?
One of the more controversial issues of our day—both in the US and abroad, both political and moral—is how a nation should shape and enforce its immigration laws. The issue carries with it several questions that require nuance and consideration—particularly for Christians.
As Christians, how should we consider issues of immigration, refugees, and border control? How should biblical morality shape such laws? Does the Bible even offer us principles for drafting sound, compassionate public policy solutions? Scott B. Rae’s new fourth edition of Moral Choices offers some biblical and practical guidance on these questions. (Rae’s Moral Choices is a proven, standard text for Christian ethics courses, and updates to the fourth edition include a new chapter on immigration, among other new chapters mentioned…
Why Morality Matters: An Introduction to Ethics by Scott B. Rae
“Why be moral?” Perhaps it’s to fulfill some sort of social contract forged between human beings in order to transcend the state of nature? Maybe to align our lives with an internal biological impulse hardwired in us from birth? Or, to align our lives with an external code handed down to us from above?
“Why be moral” is one question at the heart of Scott Rae’s bestselling introduction to ethics, Moral Choices, now in its Fourth Edition. Rae writes in the book’s introduction:
Since the moral life and moral decision-making are the focal points of this book, you can see that I am assuming being moral matters, and significantly. If you decide that being moral is not very important, then you…
But What About Genetic Enhancement? An Excerpt from the Dictionary of Christianity and Science
What is the relationship between Christianity and science? How does Christian theology relate to scientific inquiry?
The answers to these questions are finally here. The Dictionary of Christianity of Science gives you access to key terms, theories, individuals, debates, and much more to help you engage in the interaction between science and faith. In today’s excerpt, we give you a sampling of an article about genetic enhancement by the moral philosopher C. Ben Mitchell.
Part of the larger project of human enhancement, genetic enhancement is a means of augmenting the human genome or genetic blueprint to create “better humans.” The idea of manipulating the genetic structure, or DNA, of living entities dates back at least to Gregor Mendel’s experiments with pea plants. The Human Genome Project — the effort to…
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Thinking Through Paul: A Survey of His Life, Letters, and Theology
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How Do We Escape Our Ethical Mess? Recognize Objective Moral Truth
(Can't see the video? Watch it here)
Three years ago Chuck Colson produced a video series examining how ethical and character issues relate to life at home, school, and work. He intended to write a companion book on ethical living, but went home to be with the Lord.
Thankfully Scott Rae, ethics professor at Biola, realized Colson’s vision by writing Doing the Right Things. In it Rae “defends the idea that there is such a thing as objective morality.”
Rae explains the way out of our ethical mess is to recognize objective moral laws exist; we can know those laws and adhere to them; and, while it’s possible to…
Wednesday Giveaway – Moral Choices
Closer to home, we are faced with our own moral dilemmas each day, from business practices to questions about bioengineering.
How do we respond, and in particular how do we craft a response which is Biblically sound?
This week’s giveaway, Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics, attempts to answer that question and provide a model for making ethical decisions.
Animal Rights and Imago Dei by Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
On April 9, 2009, The New York Times ran an op-ed piece by Nicholas D. Kristof entitled "Humanity Even for Nonhumans" He argued that one of the great historical landmarks of the presidential election in the United States last year was not in the race or the president himself, but it was in "the limits of human dominion over other species."
He was referring to the "stunning passage in California" by an almost 2-to-1 majority, of "an animal rights ballot initiative that [would] ban factory farms from keeping calves, pregnant hogs or egg-laying hens in tiny pens or cages in which they can't stretch out or turn around." This is part of the vast push for animal rights around the world.