The Rapidian

ethics

Ethics and Religion Talk: What are you grateful for? Part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-12-2018 under OPINION

We welcome the Reverend Rachel J. Bahr, pastor of Plymouth UCC, to the panel. She replaces the recently retired Reverend Doug Van Doren. Her response: “My wife and I were married February 18, 2018, and it certainly was a mountaintop experience...

[read more]

Ethics and Religion Talk: Does God really hate divorce?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-05-2018 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: “To begin with, God doesn’t ‘hate’ anything. In Chapter IX of the Bhagavad Gita it states, ‘I know not hate, I know not favor...

[read more]

Ethics and Religion Talk: Non-Biblical sources of wisdom

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-29-2018 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “This may surprise many but most Unitarian Universalists do not rely on scripture to make our...

[read more]

Ethics and Religion Talk: Alternative Truth?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-22-2018 under OPINION

The Rev. Rachel J. Bahr, pastor of Plymouth UCC, responds: I don't believe that the goal among Progressive Christians is that there are multiple truths or alternative facts. Rather, when a person says that they are going to speak their truth, it...

[read more]

Ethics and Religion Talk: Responding to reader feedback

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-15-2018 under OPINION

A woman contacted me through the Grand Rapids Press regarding the lack of racial diversity on the panel; specifically, she wanted to know why there was no African-American panelist. First, I explained that it is my goal for the panel to match the...

[read more]

Ethics and Religion Talk: On which holiday brings the most joy, and which brings the least

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-08-2018 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “Once a year we celebrate Homecoming Sunday. It is normally held the first Sunday after Labor Day....

[read more]

Ethics and Religion Talk: Examining the ethics of eating lab-grown flesh

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-01-2018 under OPINION

Several companies are deep into development of lab-grown meat. It is made by taking a sample of the animal’s muscle tissue and growing layers of muscle and fat in a lab environment. It is meat - but no animals are harmed in its production....

[read more]

Ethics and Religion Talk: How does your tradition react to suicide?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-24-2018 under OPINION

Dr Sahibzada, the Director of Islamic Center and Imam of the Mosque of Grand Rapids, responds: A person’s life consists of two aspects in Islam: Faith and actions. The person is a believer and suicidal action is not a rejection of faith but...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

Browse