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The Ethics of Emergency Consent Research

So for those who haven’t heard me speak before my name is Christine Toevs. I am a trauma surgeon and with all that comes with being a trauma surgeon including the ability to speak loudly. I also have a particular interest in end-of-life issues and went and got a master’s in bioethics and I also have board certification in hospice and palliative medicine. As my husband says I’m a little overqualified and I’ve started talking about maybe getting an MBA if for no other reason than to poke him. He’s like, “Really, another degree?” and I’m like, “Well, you know, you kinda get board after a while. I need a little something to do.

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New Ethical Challenges in Triage

Abstract: Ethicists must now consider the difficult issues of a groundbreaking third type of triage in civilian Mass Casualty Events (MCEs), in addition to intake and reverse triage. Catastrophic events such as Hurricane Katrina make it clear that some patients who require life support following an MCE may not receive it, merely for lack of available resources. These patients are likely to die. The resource gap may nevertheless contract if we apply existing trends in healthcare to MCE planning.

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Moral Agency in Balance: The Physician-Patient Relationship


This episode features an article written by Dr. Susan Haack in which she explores the dynamics of the physician-patient relationship as she seeks to understand the continuum of possibilities between overt physician paternalism and unbridled patient autonomy. 

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Plagues, Parables, and Pundits

Editor's Note:  The following episode was originally published on Intersections, a forum for the discussion of Christian life, medicine, and technology. You can read it here.

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Thinking Theologically About Bioethics


Can bioethics be Christian? In the following commentary, we try to offer one perspective on how aspects of Christian theology can inform bioethics. We do not try to engage any one specific bioethical issue from a Christian perspective. Nor do we try to offer any new, groundbreaking way of thinking about bioethics from a theological perspective. Much more modestly, we seek to prime the pump by offering six loosely related points of entry into how to think about bioethics from a distinctively Christian perspective. 

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An Interview With Wilson Jeremiah


In this episode, the Executive Director of CBHD, Matthew Eppinette, PhD, interviews the newest Robert D. Orr Fellow, Wilson Jeremiah, ThM.

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Opportunity in the Midst of Pandemic

We are living in extraordinary times. For most of the world, the global COVID-19 pandemic is at the forefront of people’s minds. The accompanying uncertainty has been almost palpable, and people are craving every bit of information that they can get their hands on.

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Disaster Bioethics

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in Volume 19, Number 1, Spring 2012 issue of Dignitas, the Center’s quarterly publication. Subscriptions to Dignitas are available to CBHD Members.

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Why Humanness is the Key to Bioethics

The following podcast was originally recorded at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity 25th annual conference, Bioethics & Being Human. In this opening session of the conference, Dennis P.

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Advent Hope for a MedTech World

Amidst the bustle of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday, and holiday parties, we may forget it is also the season of Advent.

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Moral Injury in the Time of Covid

This podcast episode features a session from our 2020 conference, Bioethics in Real Life: Lessons We're Learning from Covid-19. In it, Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon addresses moral injury in the time of Covid-19.

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Prenatal Diagnosis: An Overview of Testing Methods, Their Accuracy, Availability, and Use

David Prentice, PhD, of the Family Research Council, on "Prenatal Diagnosis: An Overview of Testing Methods, Their Accuracy, Availability, and Use" at the Managing an Unexpected Prenatal Diagnosis: Critical Considerations for Counselors, Clinicians, and Friends Conference (July 18, 2013) held at Trinity I

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When Hippocrates Met Kurzweil: Questions for Human Dignity in the 21st Century

The following lecture by Nigel M. de S. Cameron, PhD, MBA was originally presented at 2015 Summer conference Science, Research, and the Limits of Bioethics.

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The Importance of Theological Grounding


In this episode of the podcast, Bryan Just, CBHD's Event & Executive Services Manager, addresses a crucial and much-needed skill to manage today's MedTech world. Bryan's article comes to us from our Intersections forum which is located on our website,

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Biblical and Theological 'Givens' for Responsible Christian Thinking About Death

The following lecture by D. A. Carson, Ph.D. was originally presented at CBHD's 26th Annual Conference Taking Care: Perspectives for the End of Life. All conference sessions are available for purchase here:

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Human Flourishing: In Sickness and In Health


The following lecture by Allen Verhey, MD, was originally presented at our 20th annual conference in 2013. All sessions from this conference are available to CBHD members here:

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An Interview with Wilson Jeremiah

In this episode the Executive Director of CBHD, Matthew Eppinette, PhD, interviews CBHD's former Robert D. Orr Fellow, Wilson Jeremiah, ThM.

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Disposition of the Heart

In this episode of the podcast, Anna Vollema, CBHD's Robert D. Orr Endowed Fellow, reads "Disposition of the Heart," written by Jessica Garske, MDiv. This article was originally published on Intersections and is the first in a three-part series on disability. Jessica holds an MDiv with a concentration in Missions and Intercultural Studies from Talbot School of Theology.

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Christian Faithfulness and Transhumanism


This edition of the podcast features a talk by CBHD Executive Director Matthew Eppinette, MBA, PhD, entitled "Transhumanism and Christian Faithfulness." The talk was originally presented in Trinity’s Graduate and Divinity School chapel on November 16, 2021. The address is part of a semester-long series on Technology and the Church, and all of the messages in this series are available on Trinity International University’s YouTube channel


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