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World Population – Challenge or Crisis? (Part 2)

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World Population – Challenge or Crisis? by Pete Moore read : World Population – Challenge or Crisis? (Part 1) The Need Greed Balance Opinion diverges on the question of whether there could ever be too many humans. A majority opinion says the world has a finite supply of resources, and the question is how many […]

World Population – Challenge or Crisis? (Part 1)

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World Population – Challenge or Crisis? by Pete Moore The population of human beings is increasing. In 2000 there were 8 billion, by 2006 this had risen to 6.5 billion and, unless death-rates rise catastrophically, the United Nations predicts that by 2050 this figure will have risen to 9 billion. Is this an outworking of […]

What is A Person? (Part 2)

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What is A Person? by Graham McFarlane & Pete Moore read : What is A Person? (Part 1) Some Biblical Comments on The Nature of Human Life The Bible makes no explicit statement about the timing of the start of life or its conclusion. However there are some verses that people point to as giving […]

What is A Person? (Part 1)

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What is A Person? by Graham McFarlane & Pete Moore Understanding what it is to be an individual human being is vital if we are going to be able to make informed ethical decisions, particularly those that surround the start and end of life. Not surprisingly, it is an area strewn with controversy. By presenting […]

Dependence and Addiction (Part 2)

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Dependence and Addiction by Duncan Vere read : Dependence and Addiction (Part 1) Characteristics of dependence A person who has become dependent in a drug may: Show a progressive craving for a drug Develop a lifestyle that increasingly focuses on their ‘need’ for the drug Become involved in crime to get money physically abuse family […]

Dependence and Addiction (Part 1)

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Dependence and Addiction by Duncan Vere Taking drugs may seem exciting to begin with. It may be seen as a means of rebellion against, or escape from, a person’s current circumstances. However, it carries a real risk because anyone can become a powerless passenger when a drug habit becomes the driver. It’s easy to buy […]

When to Withdraw or Withhold Treatment (Part 3)

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When to Withdraw or Withhold Treatment by Duncan Vere read : When to Withdraw or Withhold Treatment (Part 1) and When to Withdraw or Withhold Treatment (Part 2) Best Interest One common guide is to look for the patient’s ‘best interest’. This can help when treating young children, or adults who are not fully conscious. […]

When to Withdraw or Withhold Treatment (Part 2)

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When to Withdraw or Withhold Treatment by Duncan Vere read : When to Withdraw or Withhold Treatment (Part 1) When to Withhold Treatments often carry risks, and a doctor needs to weigh up the balance between the potential for doing good and the potential for harm. People who are refused antibiotics when they have a […]

When to Withdraw or Withhold Treatment (Part 1)

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When to Withdraw or Withhold Treatment by Duncan Vere Withdrawing or withholding medical treatment is more often an issue of good clinical judgement than an ethical dilemma. Where the ethics of a situation are complicated, an understanding of basic ethical principles is more useful than rigid guidelines. When people are ill they tend to go […]

Health Benefits of Christian Faith (part 3-end)

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Health Benefits of Christian Faith By Alex Bunn and David Randall read : Health Benefits of Christian Faith (part 1) & Health Benefits of Christian Faith (part 2) Should Christian faith be recommended for patients’ health? Evidence ‘Spiritual care’ and ‘spiritual interventions’ describe spiritual activities, such as counselling or prayer, done specifically to help patients […]