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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should an Employee be Fired for Religious Beliefs?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-18-2022 under OPINION

Is is OK to fire a Muslim limo driver for not helping to carry a package containing wine? Is it OK to fire a Jewish cook for refusing to cook pork? Is it OK to fire a Christian caregiver hired to help a new mother and her six month old child for...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should Five-Year-Old Children Make Medical Decisions?, part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-10-2022 under OPINION

Last week, we presented responses which argued that no, five-year-old children should not be asked to make such decisions. This week, in part 2, we see responses which argue that in cases such as this one, parents should honor their child’s...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should Five-Year-Old Children Make Medical Decisions?, part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-03-2022 under OPINION

This week, we present responses which argue that no, five-year-old children should not be asked to make such decisions. Next week, in part 2, we’ll see responses which argue that in cases such as this one, parents should honor their child...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is God the "Grand Puppeteer?", part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-29-2021 under OPINION

Jim V. asks, “If God is all-powerful, does that mean that He/She is the “Grand Puppeteer” and brought this pandemic upon us? If so, then why? Or as some say, God doesn’t bring bad things upon us, but allows bad things to just...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is God the "Grand Puppeteer?", part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-20-2021 under OPINION

Jim V. asks, “If God is all-powerful, does that mean that He/She is the “Grand Puppeteer” and brought this pandemic upon us? If so, then why? Or as some say, God doesn’t bring bad things upon us, but allows bad things to just...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does Your Tradition Require a Certain Set of Beliefs?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-13-2021 under OPINION

The Rev. Rachel J. Bahr, pastor of Plymouth UCC, responds: When people join Plymouth Church, each commit to following Jesus as the Center of our lives. What follows is a life lived by the ethic of LOVE. We commit to regular worship and education. We...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Do We Solve the Problem of Violence?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-06-2021 under OPINION

Linda Knieriemen, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Holland, responds: “Violence and corruption will always be a part of this created world. Always have been, always will. Humans have free will, are prone to selfishness, and...

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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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