Feb

11

2013

Justin Taylor|2:52 pm CT

D. A. Carson: “This Is Now the ‘Must Read’ Book in the Field”

Dr. Carson writes of Dr. Megan Best’s new book, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Ethics and the Beginning of Human Life (Matthias Media, 2012): “At last—a single volume examining beginning-of-life issues that is equally competent in biology, theology, philosophy, and pastoral care. This is now the ‘must read’ book in the field, a necessary resource not only for pastors, ethicists, and laypersons who share her Christian convictions, but also for anyone who wants to participate knowledgeably in current bioethical debates.”

Here is the publisher’s description of the book:

  • What sort of contraception, if any, should I use?
  • When does human life begin—at fertilization or at some point after that?
  • What are the arguments for and against abortion?
  • Is it OK to use genetic screening and other pre-natal tests to check for abnormalities in my unborn baby?
  • Should Christians use IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies?
  • What is the current state of embryonic stem cell research?

These are just some of the many complex and emotion-laden questions we face in the rapidly changing field of reproductive medicine, and most Christians do so with two very significant handicaps:

  • We don’t have accurate up-to-date information about the medical and technological issues involved
  • We have not thought through a sound, biblical framework for making ethical decisions in this area

Dr Megan Best provides what is lacking in both of these vital areas. Built on extensive historical, biblical and medical research, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made is the comprehensive, accurate, biblically-based ethical handbook that Christians have been waiting for.

2 Comments

  1. I cannot thank you enough for promoting this book… I’m ordering it now. My husband and I are STRUGGLING through these questions and stand on two very different ends of the spectrum in thinking through the Biblical response for our family in our infertility, in regards to embryo adoption.
    Thank you, thank you… it cannot arrive to my doorstep soon enough… It will be so helpful to read from Biblically founded minds who have thought through these topics divorced from the emotional and identity-driven mindsets we have on these issues. THANK YOU!

  2. These are important issues for the Christian; thank you for this recommendation. In the description of this book, however, I see no mention of the question of whether using any contraception is Biblical. Christians, past and present, argue, on Biblical grounds, that it is not. These Christians believe that the church was caught unprepared to withstand Margaret Sanger and the subsequent pragmatic arguments. They believe that God opens and closes the womb, and they receive, in faith, His gift of a child. No one knows whether one will be able to provide for a child, or what the future may hold. Dr. Best argues that life begins at conception. The Christian believes that that life is an immortal soul, whom God may save, for His glory. Does Dr. Best address this issue in her book, which sounds very thorough? Thanks for any who are willing to respond to my question.

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