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nucleus: winter 2001

Editorial

As I write this editorial, I am about to depart on a journey of a lifetime. My plan is to set off from Moscow by train, with a goal of arriving in Beijing in time to catch my flight home. My prize for arriving back safely - to start a...

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Learning from Kyoto?

On 23 June 1988, James Hansen, a climate scientist with NASA's Goddard Institute, made a speech. The ramifications of that speech were far greater than Hansen could have imagined. He warned Washington that the world was getting warmer, due to the build up of greenhouse gases. These gases would have...

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Ashes to Ashes - the Tobacco Industry

The tobacco industry has been repeatedly embarrassed this year. In June, the cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris was ordered to pay $3bn (£2.1bn) in damages to a 56 year old American with lung and brain cancer, one of the largest awards ever made to an individual smoker. A separate judgement in...

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News Review

Dutch ship never intended to perform abortions Review ordered of abortion law in N Ireland Cannabis legalised in Canada French health minister admits to mercy killing Woman moves forward in quest for 'right to die' Kidney shopping UK fares badly in WHO league table Government announces draft sex strategy AIDS...

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Organising your Elective

Why do an elective? It made me want to go back home and become a good doctor so that I could come out here again.' 'It was quite simply the best part of my training as a doctor.' These quotations from recent elective reports sound incongruous in the context of a...

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Sharing Christ with Jewish Students

A unique feature of Judaism is that the religion is bound up with just one people group - the Jewish people or nation. This is in marked contrast to Christianity, Islam and even hinduistic movements whose members represent many or all peoples and nations. Judaism is nevertheless often called the...

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Fishing the Net

A complete copy of the Kyoto protocol is on the UNFCCC website at www.unfccc.de/resource/docs/convkp/kpeng.html. The current state of affairs in the process is also available from www.unfccc.de and the BBC website also has further information at news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/1452315.stm. For electives information, the HealthServe website (www.healthserve.org/links.htm) is the best place to start...

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Surviving & Thriving at Medical School

One might think that medical school would be ideally suited to Christians. It offers the chance to study a fascinating subject, God's creation, along with a real opportunity to help those in need. However, for those that begin the course as Christians, many go cold in their faith and emerge...

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Deadly Questions - Is Jesus the Only Way?

We now live in a 'global village', a multi-faith society where exclusive claims may offend. Many adherents of other faiths are prepared to recognise Jesus as a great teacher, prophet, leader and reformer -even perhaps as one way to God. Are we not then being arrogant, intolerant and narrow-minded by...

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Human Cloning - a Battle Worth Fighting?

Earlier this year, at a meeting organised in London by the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship, Professor Nigel Cameron presented a refreshing view of the Christian perspective of the cloning debate. Professor Cameron is currently executive chair of the Centre for Bioethics in Public Policy in the UK and he is founder...

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Differential Diagnosis 37

God often spoke to his people through dreams in the Bible. The ancients did not often draw a clear distinction between a dream and a vision - both were God's revelation to the conscious or subconscious mind. When evaluating contemporary dream/vision claims, we must ask a number of questions. Firstly, whether...

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Know Your Bible 39

Answers In Revelation 8:13 a flying eagle called out: 'Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!' These judgements, brought upon the earth because of its sin, are a stark reminder of how serious continued rebellion...

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