Category Archives: Health

Ethics – We Are Not Called to Determine a Person’s Worth

Note: This posting uses the Biblical Essay titled, The Value and Dignity of Human Life, by Chee-Chiew Lee, as she has made a reasonable attempt at summarizing what the Bible says about the worth of persons.[1]

The idea of a meaningful or worthwhile life has become an important consideration in medical decisions. When a patient has a severe head injury or stroke, it is not uncommon to hear, as part of decision making, “he/she will never return to a meaningful life.”  Even if such decision making is legitimate, it is fraught with difficulty because people often think differently about what is meaningful. … Read the rest

Health – Smoking, Is It Such a Big Deal?

The following is an essay I wrote that is published in the Spring, 2016 issue of The Youth Messenger, a publication of the Free Reformed Churches of North America.  Reprinted here with permission.

Is It Such A Big Deal?

A comment on smoking in the Youth Messenger on the topic of health is not that surprising.  It is common knowledge that smoking is bad for your health.  A good message is to avoid it, but it is not that simple. … Read the rest

Personhood – Location of the Mind (and Understanding Dementia)

In the posting titled  Personhood – Which Comes First Death of the Body or Departure of the Soul[1]  I grappled with the question of the mind. Science can show that activities of the mind and physical activities in the brain are connected but science does not prove that the mind is simply a function of physical brain activity. Clearly, for others to know that thoughts are occurring in a person’s mind the person must have a functioning brain to express the thoughts through.… Read the rest