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nucleus: spring 1994

A Right to Die

'It's my right' has become a rallying cry in this century, relating to almost any matter from human rights to the right to a holiday. Some very basic rights in the area of life and death are being claimed. A person's right to life itself is one with which we...

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Cults - Angels of Light

I believe it was GK Chesterton who once said 'When men cease to believe in God they do not believe in nothing, they believe in anything'. Looking around the Western world today it is not hard to see the truth of that remark. We seem to be surrounded by an...

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Homosexuality

Homosexuality is no longer regarded as mental illness. However, many people struggling to come to terms with their sexuality suffer with anxiety, stress symptoms, depression or a breakdown. The church has traditionally claimed that homosexuality is sin, and that the state of being 'homosexual' is one of abnormality and totally...

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Pre-natal Testing - an Ethics Problem?

Abortion has been for many years an area of ethical concern, and for many Christians an issue of a clear moral nature. We shake our heads at the horrific numbers of foetuses killed since the 1967 Abortion Act. Some seek to lobby Parliament and get back to the roots of...

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Differential Diagnosis 7

Under Old Testament Law a woman who was suspected (but not proven) to be guilty of marital infidelity was made to drink a mixture of holy water and dust from the tabernacle floor (v 17). If she was innocent, nothing untoward would happen, but if she was guilty, the Lord...

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Dionysius Dialogues - Morality

Should we impose our morality? Nitpickerus: It's all very well for us to pontificate about ethical issues Dionysius. We're Christians. We've got an agreed starting point. But most of our patients don't accept the authority of the Bible. We can hardly impose our morality on them, can we? Dionysius: It's not...

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Know Your Bible 9

Answers Ehud was a left-handed judge and so presumably had a dominant right cerebral hemisphere. He delivered Israel from Eglon, the Moabite King (Jdg 3:12-30). A dream comes when there are many cares (Ec 5:3). Naaman, commander of the Aramean Army, was healed of leprosy after washing in the Jordan on...

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Lemuel's Limericks

The relatives (after reflection) Requested a lethal injection 'Her mind's like a sieve, she's no reason to live... (And the will is awaiting inspection)' They claimed that once while of sound mind She'd quite voluntarily signed A medics' committee, if prompted by pity Could authorise acts of this kind You think that this never could be? Well...

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