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nucleus: summer 2004

Editorial

Britain has become one of the world's most secular societies, according to a recent poll. The survey was commissioned by the BBC for a documentary entitled 'What the world thinks about God'. Only 67% of those interviewed admitted that they believed in a god or other higher power, in contrast...

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Bioethics sans Boundaries

I suspect Nucleus readers would endorse the concepts of the group Médecins Sans Frontières (doctors without borders) who take clinical care into war zones and advance arguments into political places where advocates have hitherto feared to tread. But do we go along with what I am here christening 'bioethics sans...

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Once for All

February is usually cold, wet and rainy - a depressing month. In this self- pitying state of mind, we seldom realise the resources we have at our disposal in the UK for encouraging each other to grow spiritually, as well as clearly and confidently explaining the gospel to our friends...

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News Review

GMC challenged on feeding and hydration Human clones in South Korea NHS to offer one free IVF cycle Gender Recognition Bill MMR debate rages on A headache for acupuncture Scientists doubt animal research Opposition to polio vaccination And finally… GMC challenged on feeding and hydrationLeslie Burke, a 44 year old...

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Going all the Way? - Cybernetics and Nanotechnology

Cybernetics may one day help the blind to see and the lame to walk…[1] …few things could actually be bigger than nanotechnology in terms of potential to revolutionize scientific and engineering research, improve human health and bolster our economy...[2] We face the prospect of a century dominated by biotechnology challenges....

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Reading the Bible

In August 2002 I started as a very new and very scared CMF staffworker. I tried to prepare myself for the questions I thought medical students would ask me, and studied the hot topics of sexuality, abortion and end of life issues. To my amazement, the question that comes up...

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Christians in a Postmodern World

Culture is unavoidable. It is the air we breathe. Whether it is wholesome or toxic we cannot avoid culture and we cannot avoid making some level of judgment about what is valuable in culture. This is often at an unconscious level, by deciding where we go, what we watch, or...

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CMF Summer Teams

From 4-8 August, seven UK doctors and medical students from Bristol and Cardiff joined 22 Ukrainians and three Russians at the Black Sea resort of Alupka, near Yalta, Ukraine. The resulting camp was a huge blessing to both visitors and hosts. Anna Yermoleyeva, the Ukrainian student who initiated and organised...

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Ethical Enigma 7

This patient has a clear agenda - he does not want to use steroid cream. You should first decide to explore his ideas and concerns further; many patients have quite unfounded fears about side effects from different treatments. It would also be reasonable to go through the evidence that suggests...

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The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God (Book Review)

One of the most frequent arguments against Christianity that my non-Christian friends cite is the difficulty of reconciling God's love with his judgment. The 'nice' bits - the benefits - are easy to accept, but do they really fit with the God of the Old Testament, or a God who...

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Too Busy not to Pray (Book Review)

Bill Hybels clearly enjoys straight talking and this book is certainly direct and blunt. He argues throughout that poor prayer lives are marked by a lack of routine, and therefore result in an unwillingness to make that commitment to pray. A lot of Christian literature focuses on specific groups of...

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Letters

Editor, Mike Marshall's article in the January 2004 issue of Nucleus (pp2-4) raised again the question of homosexuality and the church, as did Martin Hallett's seminar at the recent CMF National Students' Conference. Having read the article, I found myself considering the following two scenarios during the seminar: 1. A man...

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