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Pro-Life Penalty

Pro-Life Penalty

The state acts as God’s agent when it kills those who have killed.
Human Ethics and Animal Rights

Human Ethics and Animal Rights

It seems incongruous that even as we freely kill unborn humans made in the image of God in demonstration of “a woman’s right to ...
Could You Be Addicted?

Could You Be Addicted?

Whether some addictions may be more dangerous or less dangerous to our well-being, every kind of addiction seriously harms life to one ...
Can War Be Just?

Can War Be Just?

Current discussions of an unprovoked “first strike” against another country challenge the historic just-war doctrine. Is severely ...
Addressing Issues of Moral Complicity

Addressing Issues of Moral Complicity

Should a mother consent to having her child immunized with a vaccine that was developed many years ago from aborted fetal tissue? ...
That They May Live

That They May Live

Assisted-suicide and euthanasia present the church, society, families, and individuals with one of the most profound and emotionally ...
From Healing to Relief of Suffering

From Healing to Relief of Suffering

The Christian response to medical ethics today is to speak the Word of truth to empty lives that believe lies that say there is no ...
What Is a Stem Cell?

What Is a Stem Cell?

Are we to consider the human body divorced from what it means to be a human being? Is the human body merely the sum total of its ...
What Child Is This?

What Child Is This?

This is an edited and adapted version of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations report on “Marriage, Family and Human Cloning.” It speaks not only of cloning but also briefly touches on artificial insemination, surrogacy, and in vitro fertilization.
What Can We Say That Is Lutheran in Bioethics?

What Can We Say That Is Lutheran in Bioethics?

A Lutheran response to issues in bioethics is always one of Law and Gospel. Law is necessary to constrain the weak from outward sin, ...
Transhumanism: Humans Without Bodies

Transhumanism: Humans Without Bodies

Transhumanism puts faith in technology and holds onto the hope that humans can conquer death and become immortal without God.
The Child As a Gift of God

The Child As a Gift of God

Commended by the 2019 LCMS convention, this paper examines the many subtle ways that American culture rejects life as a fundamental ...