Ethics and Religion Talk

Ethics and Religion Talk: Do we Need Blue Roses?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-30-2021 under OPINION

Should we be creating blue roses? Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: “One need not look further than Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si. Pope Francis very...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: This Thanksgiving, What are You Grateful For?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-22-2021 under OPINION

Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: I am most grateful for scientists and public health officials who demonstrate a strong desire to respect human life as we struggle...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Are Monkey-Human Hybrid Embryos Kosher?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-17-2021 under OPINION

Colleen writes: “For the first time, U.S. and Chinese scientists have created embryos that are part human, part monkey, in an effort to find new ways to produce organs for transplants. As a faith leader what are the ethical concerns based on...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does Tolerance Demand Moral Relativism?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-08-2021 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: “I believe the questioner is referring to what we call ‘moral relativity.’ If that is the case, I see both a positive and negative side to...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Who Needs Doctors When You have God?, part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-01-2021 under OPINION

John wrote: “I read something you talked about use of medicine. To me, God is able to heal without medicines. I live without any medicine and whenever I get sick, I pray to God and He answers my prayers, including a non-curable disease that He...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Who Needs Doctors When You have God?, part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-25-2021 under OPINION

“I read something you talked about use of medicine. To me, God is able to heal without medicines. I live without any medicine and whenever I get sick, I pray to God and He answers my prayers, including a non-curable disease that He healed me...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Cost of Religion

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-18-2021 under OPINION

Kathleen asks, “There is clearly a cost of adhering to a religious tradition (in the Jewish tradition, the cost of keeping the dietary laws comes to mind). The question is how much should the economic cost of following one’s religious...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Violence and Religious Proselytization

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-11-2021 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: In 2005 I embarked on a lecture (and listening) tour of 4 states of India that have a significant Christian majority.  Many of these expressions of...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does Money Solve Marital Problems?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-04-2021 under OPINION

Linda Knieriemen, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Holland, responds: I would never counsel that money and grateful participation giving to charity will resolve issues— marital or otherwise. In fact, access to abundant money is...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Self-Awareness

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-27-2021 under OPINION

The Rev. Sandra Nikkel, head pastor of Conklin Reformed Church, responds: “This topic is very dear to my heart; but growing in self-awareness is not easy. What is easy is to avoid looking at our blind spots or pretending they’re not...

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