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nucleus: autumn 1999

Editorial

Can you remember the last time you lied? I can. It was this morning! Subsequently examining what the Bible has to say about truthfulness and deceit over the last few hours has made me feel incredibly uncomfortable. Exaggeration, misrepresentation, careless commitments and broken promises are all forms of dishonesty. They...

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News Review

Abortions increase in Russia Abortion may be recriminalised in the US Economic crash linked to health decline in Asia Pakistan pregnancy complications Senegal bans genital mutilation US anti-abortion activists blacklist abortion doctors Cardinal Hume speaks out on abortion House of Lords rejects lowering of homosexual age of consent American research...

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Transplants and Truthfulness

During my A-level years I remember being handed a leaflet on organ donation. At the time, I was not a Christian and ideas about death and what would happen to my body at that dim distant point in the future were not my primary concern! Feeling this to be a...

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The Truth About Drugs

Drug testing takes off in workplace On current trends within two years it will be almost impossible for recreational drug users to get a job with larger companies. Drug testing at work is probably the single most effective weapon we have against adult substance abuse. It is a proven, low...

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The Safe Sex Hoax

Teenage pregnancies on the increase The British teenage pregnancy level is now the highest in Europe. Currently 9.4 per 1000 13-15 year-olds and 63 per 1000 16-19 year-olds get pregnant each year:[1],[2] twice the rate in Germany, four times that in France and seven times that in Holland. 87% of...

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Making Sense of Suffering

Why me? The first question many people ask when they find themselves in any sort of distress is: 'Why me? Why has this happened to me?' It's a question that recurs throughout the book of Job, as Job and his friends try to make some sense of all the calamities that...

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Head to Head: Homosexuality

Trevor Stammers argues both that 'the health risks of homosexual practice are higher than heterosexual practice' and that 'homosexuality and paedophilia are linked'. He reminds us that most HIV in the UK is acquired through gay sex, and that gay people are over-represented among paedophiles. However, worldwide most HIV is...

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Blessings (Tape Review)

I find using books on tape advantageous because they can be played in the car, on the train, whilst walking or even late at night in bed when tired eyes cannot focus on the words of a page. Listening to a cassette seems tireless effort and if, like myself, you...

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Fishing the Net

The problem of suffering is one of the biggest intellectual challenges to the concept of a benign, omnipotent and omniscient god. As such, lots of people have written about it, including Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, and various biblical Authors. Those are the ones beginning with A, anyway. A truly funky site...

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Differential Diagnosis 29

It would be unlikely that Goliath could have reached nine feet without a pre-pubertal disorder in growth hormone secretion. Even the tallest African tribe, the Tutsi tribe of Central Africa, only averages a height in males of 6 feet 5 inches. The tallest man on record, Robert Wadlow of Alton,...

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Know Your Bible 31

Answers 'Never get a lazy man to do something for you. He will be as irritating as vinegar on your teeth or smoke in your eyes.' (Pr 10:26) Solomon, as a leader, knew the frustration of an uncompleted task. There is more glory in the finishing than in the starting....

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