The advances in technology and, for that fact, in medical technology has caused theologians to inquire of how God’s people should respond. Pastors need to be on the front line of this so they can counsel and disciple their people according to God’s Word. Yet, since pastors and other Christian leaders are not doctors or in the medical field, the challenge of understanding the issues are complicated. Thankfully, though, C. Ben Mitchell and D. Joy Riley have come to shed light for us. In the B & H Studies in Christian Ethics series, these authors give pastors, health care professionals, and families a guide in Christian bioethics. They lay out three basic categories: taking life, making life, and remaking/faking life. Within those three sections, the subjects of abortion, euthanasia, infertility, organ donation, cloning, and life-extension technologies are all discussed.
Being a pastor, I am excited a resource like this exists. I desire to help Christ-followers understand the various issues that go into such medical technologies and procedures. Therefore, to see a book like Christian Bioethics become available, it is a blessing. While there are technical terms, as would be assumed, this is a book you will want to come back to. Looking to Scripture as the foundation, Mitchell and Riley provide us with direction in whether these topics are in agreement with God’s Word or not. I especially appreciated the theology of suffering in chapter 4 and the emphasis that this technology effects people. The book opens and closes with the importance of the role of the physician and the value of the patient. To sum it all up, Christian Bioethics is a much-needed resource for pastors and health care professionals who want to help people discern through various medical issues.
I received this book for free from B&H Academic Publishing Group via Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and are my honest review of the book.