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Changing Culture, Changing Values

Changing Culture, Changing Values
Advances in technology and medicine appear to promise so much. But many of these advances pose big ethical questions. How do we decide what is right or wrong?

Society no longer holds an agreed moral and ethical consensus. Traditional ethical codes have been eroded and often an atheistic worldview dominates the 'mountains of our culture' - business, government, media and education. Moral relativism rules.

All the more reason, then, why Christians need to be sure about the biblical foundations of their faith and take ethical issues seriously. Peter Saunders, CMF Chief Executive, explores how we can engage with these often difficult issues and show Christ's character and compassion to those around us.
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Abortion - doctors' duties and rights

Abortion - doctors' duties and rights
Doctors are often one of the first sources of information and advice for women with an unplanned pregnancy, and they have a unique responsibility for determining whether abortion requests fulfil statutory grounds.
Many CMF members have requested information, help and advice when dealing with abortion requests or when helping women with an unplanned pregnancy in their decision-making.
This booklet sets out questions and areas of concern raised by our members with regards to abortion. In response, it provides detailed information on the legal and professional duties and rights of doctors. Issues range from informed consent, conscientious objection and referrals, to handling conflict and alternative options, while ensuring that patient care remains the primary concern.More Info...

Faith and action

Faith and action
At the beginning of the twenty-first century we are facing unprecedented ethical challenges. One would expect that Christians who accept the Bible as their sole and sufficient authority would be bold and clear in responding to these challenges, but all too often there is a reluctance to speak out. Dr Peter Saunders explains why. He discusses the heresies which compromise the biblical call to obedience.

This publication is also available as a free pdf download - click here to download your free copy.
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Matters of Life & Death (fully revised)

Matters of Life & Death (fully revised)

An extensively revised edition of John Wyatt's Matters of Life and Death. The first edition in 1998 arose from the 'London Lectures' on ethics given by Professor Wyatt for the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

The book and the accompanying audio versions have been massively influential around the world. There have been many reprints and translations - including Bulgarian, Chinese, French, German, Hungarian, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish.

This edition, published in 2009, deals with new subjects which have arisen in bioethics, and perhaps more importantly, some of the author's new understandings and insights from the last ten years. All this new material is found in this expanded 300 page book. This time there is an accompanying website, with indicators in the book to show when regularly updated material can be found on the website.

This title is available to UK & Irish CMF students at a discounted price via the Take and Read pages

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Hard Questions about Health and Healing

Hard Questions about Health and Healing

Society is obsessed with health but uncertain what it is. Modern medicine's 'miracles' appear to offer eternal life but ultimately disappoint, and while parts of the church never pray for healing others over-emphasise it.

Biblical and balanced, readable yet researched, this book is for professionals and public who want credible answers to hard questions like:

  • How can scientific doctors possibly be Christians
  • What is 'the image of God'?
  • What are health, healing and healthcare?
  • What are 'gifts of healing'?
  • Why is complementary / alternative medicine so popular?
  • Do healing miracles happen today?
  • Why does God allow suffering?

This title is available to UK & Irish CMF students at a discounted price via the Take and Read pages

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Mad, Bad or Sad?

Mad, Bad or Sad?
Are the mentally disordered responsible for their actions? This multi-author book examines the interface between mental health and Christian belief as these relate to antisocial behaviour. The authors, all consultant psychiatrists, address questions such as:
  • Do health professionals make excuses for people's antisocial behaviour?
  • Are those with psychopathy beyond help?
  • Can Christian health professionals believe in the biblical concepts of evil and demons?
  • How should Christians respond to a member of the congregation who is a convicted paedophile?

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Complementary & Alternative Medicine

Complementary & Alternative Medicine

What are we to make of treatments like:

  • Acupuncture
  • Bach flower remedies
  • Craniosacial therapy
  • Homeopathy
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Yoga?

Building on 1995's Alternative Medicine - Helpful or Harmful? consultant physician Robina Coker takes a completely fresh look at the phenomenon of complementary and alternative medicine.

While the popularity of CAM therapies challenges the excesses and omissions of orthodox medicine, we need to take a balanced view. From a Christian perspective this thought-provoking book explores the background to CAM, explains evaluation, examines the evidence, and so provides a framework from which to make healthy choices in healthcare.

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Right to die?

Right to die?

The case for assisted suicide seems to compelling. Surely it can't be wrong to help desperate people to kill themselves. Don't we have a right to take our own lives - in certain circumstances?

John Wyatt helps us to navigate the arguments with hearts and heads engaged, and above all with our Bibles open. There are practical and compassionate alternatives to assisted suicide, and as many who have gone before us have found, the end of our lives on this earth may turn out to be a strange and wonderful opportunity for growth and internal healing.

John Wyatt is Emeritus Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics at University College London and author of Matters of Life and Death (IVP).

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Survival of the Weakest

Survival of the Weakest
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Doctors, Drink and Drugs

Doctors, Drink and Drugs

Misuse of alcohol and other drugs is an ever–growing problem in Western society. Doctors and medical students are more likely to have problems in this area than other broadly comparable groups. Christians are not necessarily exempt. This booklet reviews the evidence for the scale of the problem, looks at some causes, describes the professional help available, and points to the potential for freedom from addiction and for abundant life in Christ.

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