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The Center’s research seeks to provide a variety of volumes aimed across the spectrum of academic and popular literature to address the pressing ethical issues of our day at the intersection of biomedicine, biotechnology, and our common humanity. These volumes include current research projects involving Center staff, the facilitation of Center sponsored monographs and collaborative projects involving consultants, fellows, and affiliates, ongoing book series, and introductory materials explaining the basic issues raised in bioethics. The following are a list of current research projects:

Active Research & Publications:

  • CBHD is sponsoring a study examining the preparation for, comfort level with, and engagement of bioethical issues by clergy. CBHD Executive Director, Paige C. Cunningham, JD, is the primary investigator. CBHD Research Scholar, Michael J. Sleasman, PhD, is a member of the research team, along with additional assistance from 2014 Bioethics Education Intern, Mary Butson, MDiv, MA.
  • CBHD is sponsoring a multi-national study examining attitudes and use of assisted reproductive technologies among church attendees. The study is funded in part through one of our Global Bioethics Education Initiative grants, and has been designed by 2009 GBEI Scholar Megan Best. CBHD Research Scholar, Michael J. Sleasman, PhD, is a member of the research team.
  • CBHD is sponsoring a study on attitudes about and usage patterns for the off-label. use of prescription ADHD drugs on Christian college campuses. The study has been designed by Susan Rouse, PhD, and CBHD Research Scholar, Michael J. Sleasman, PhD, is a member of the research team.
  • Dónal P. O’Mathúna, PhD, chair of CBHD's Academy of Fellows is in the composition and editing stage of a volume on critical decision-making. 
  • Kregel Publications has agreed to a proposal for revised editions of the Center's popular BioBasic series. Editing of these volumes will begin late 2014 and continue for the next few years.

Recent Publications:

                Fearfully and Wonderfully Made                          Nobody's Child

  • Megan Best, MAAE, BMed (Hons), ThA, published the volume Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Ethics and the Beginning of Human Life (Matthias Media, 2012). Portions of the research were completed during Dr. Best's time with CBHD as a 2009 Global Bioethics Education Scholar, and additional research was made possible through one of our GBEI grants.
  • CBHD served as bioethics consultants with Austin Boyd for his novel, Nobody's Child (Zondervan, 2011). The novel dramatically explores bioethical issues related to selling human eggs. CBHD will continue to serve as consultants for Boyd on future bioethics novels in his Pandora File series.
  • CBHD executive staff Paige C. Cunningham, JD, and Michael J. Sleasman, PhD, contributed a chapter entitled "Exploitation and the Global Medical Enterprise: Bioethics & Social Injustice" to Social Injustic: What Evangelicals Need to Know about the World edited by Michael T. Cooper and William J. Moulder (Timothy Center Press/Sacred Tribes Press, 2011).