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Ethics and Religion Talk: What to do with frozen embryos after divorce?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-17-2018 under OPINION

 A new Arizona law would give frozen embryos to either spouse who wants to use them, even after a divorce. Is it ethical to force someone to become a parent against his or her will? On the other hand, is it ethical to force the destruction...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Genetic editing

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-10-2018 under OPINION

Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Adjutant Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: The Baltimore Catechism taught us to respond to the question, ‘why did God make us?’ with the response, “to...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What to do about those who don't give enough?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-04-2018 under OPINION

Ethan P. writes, “While all religious institutions are spiritual and charitable in nature, in order to survive and serve their mission they do need to balance their income and expenses. Which generally means that members must help support the...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is the serpent in the Garden of Eden real?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-27-2018 under OPINION

Sometimes the Ethics and Religion Talk panel gets questions from people whose objective is to point out the fallacy of treating the Bible as sacred literature or the ridiculousness of religion in general. Elisa’s question appears to be in that...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: When should clergy criticize policies of the government?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-20-2018 under OPINION

Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Adjutant Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: “My first question of clarification is regarding the nature of the government policy. Is the policy a moral instruction or...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How important is accessibility to a house of worship?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-13-2018 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: “There are many houses of worship that have great historical value that would require significant retrofitting. One also has to take into account the...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: When should clergy take a stand for or against the policy of family separation?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-06-2018 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: “I am always proud to join my fellow clergy when there is an opportunity to speak out if we can come to a consensus on matters of social justice. I am...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How to show respect to elders

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 07-30-2018 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “I think valuing their intelligence and advice, seeking their opinion, or asking for their wisdom are...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Returning a stolen mug

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 07-23-2018 under OPINION

Later, I saw one of our physical therapists using it. I mentioned it to our supervisor, whose response was, “He has money, he’ll just buy a new one.” I suggested to the therapist that she return it, and now she is no longer...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Psychological counseling vs. spiritual counseling

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 07-16-2018 under OPINION

"What is the difference between spiritual and psychological counseling?” Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Adjutant Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: “Spiritual counseling focuses on...

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