17 May 2023
Hello, and good morning from sunny Scotland! Thank you for reading our newsletter. We know your time is valuable, and we appreciate your interest.
Free Tour of Israel
Our two (back-to-back) Israel Biblical Study Tours slated for February 2024 are nearly full. In fact, 99 of 100 places have gone. The remaining place is free. (Most years there are a number of cancelations, and there’s a very short waiting list in case you’re interested.)
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Our bioethics series continues with a paper on abortion, by Dr. Calum MacKellar. In recent weeks we have focused on euthanasia, gender dysphoria, and assisted suicide. Thank you for your interest and many comments.
“The principles upon which decisions for an abortion are based are complex and controversial. Most relate to the tension between the perceived rights of the mother and the prenatal child. The mother may feel that her own rights will be undermined by giving birth to, and then looking after, a child she does not want. Equally, the prenatal child may have rights but is unable to express them. Rights are generally based on the notion of inherent human dignity.”
- Abortion for Disability in Scotland
- Calum MacKellar, The Image of God, Personhood and the Embryo (London: SCM Press, 2017). I’m halfway through this book. It’s a solid theological exploration of the issues.
- My own thinking: Abortion, Conception & the Beginning of Life (membership login required)
Next week: Surrogacy, Embryonic Death, & Advance Directives
The Best of David Bercot
David Bercot is an attorney, author, and theologian. His special area of expertise is early church history. We have known each other since 1995. As promised last week, below are a few of his best-selling works.
Incidentally (not accidentally), a few years ago someone broke into our car. (It was Thanksgiving evening.) Among the stolen items was my collection of 100 Bercot lessons on CD. Interestingly, the thieves left the entire Bible on CD. I hope they got as much out of the CDs as I did!
- Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up?
- The Kingdom That Turned the World Upside Down
- Secrets of the Kingdom Life
- Many thought-provoking lessons at YouTube
Good bye for now. Tomorrow I’ll be in Ireland, and next week we’re both teaching in Madrid. Thanks so much for your prayers and support. — DAJ