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Dr. Brown Interview: Bioethics of Infertility: Are Doctors "Playing God"? 

When it comes to using science to achieve things that people can’t do on their own, the ethics of science and technology come into play.


Nicholas Brown, Director of the Bioethics Minor at Loyola Marymount University, tells Alex Cohen that, from a bioethical perspective, doctors frame the decision around the principalist approach, which focuses on the moral principles of autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence and justice, and the application of these principles to ensure all patients are respected.

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Book Review:

"For the Nation: Jesus, the Restoration of Israel and

Articulating a Christian Ethic of Territorial Governance" 

-Nicholas R. Brown

By Christopher M. Leighton
Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies, Baltimore, MD 21204 

This review was originally published in the Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations electronic journal Volume 12, Number 1, 2017. To view the original publication click here

         Nicholas Brown has provided a thoroughly researched and elegantly constructed volume that upends long-standing assumptions and opens up vexing questions about the land of Israel within the life of Jesus and the early Church. Brown has tightly packed within two hundred pages an argument that contests interpretative traditions that are deeply embedded in both the academy and the Church. Brown’s work will most immediately claim the attention of readers who make contemporary New Testament scholarship a part of their regular diet. However, the issues that he frames carry immense significance for Christians who are struggling to come to terms with a history that continues to shape political and theological sensibilities about the current Palestinian-Israeli impasse and the ethics of territorial governance.

         Brown sets the stage for his inquiry by offering a brief overview of the scholarship that emerged out of the “Third Quest” for the historical Jesus, a term coined by N.T. Wright in the early 1990s. This historical study situated Jesus and the early Church within the context of late Second Temple Judaism and helped reverse a noxious legacy that had pitted Jesus over and against Judaism and his Jewish contemporaries. Instead of dismissing Second Temple Judaism as a de- pleted and calcified religion, these New Testament scholars recognized an ancient community brimming with vibrant and diverse expressions. They noted that the Jesus movement emerged out of this complex Jewish matrix; indeed, the movement was unimaginable without the innovative revolutions enacted by Jewish groups, most especially the Pharisees...

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