ethics

Ethics and Religion Talk: Are Food Choices an Ethical Issue For You?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-23-2023 under OPINION

Whole Foods recently announced that they would no longer sell Maine Lobster. How do you define "ethical eating?" Do you consider sustainability and care for the environment, treatment of animals, treatment of humans in the supply chain...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Do I Have to Return That Annoying Person's Call?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-17-2023 under OPINION

The Rev. Sandra Nikkel, head pastor of Conklin Reformed Church, responds: People deserve the respect to hear the truth. And there is a way to tell the truth kindly. What they do with the truth they hear is not up to you. But you must have the...

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January 9, 2023 - Ethics and Religion Talk: If My Faith is Right, Does Yours Have to be Wrong?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-09-2023 under OPINION

It is generally understood by people that each religion claims that all other faiths are “wrong,” and thus displeasing to God. Yet it seems that there are “loopholes” that still allow those who believe otherwise some form of...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does God Care About Rituals?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-02-2023 under OPINION

Rev. Ray Lanning, a retired minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, responds: Reformed and Presbyterian Christians believe that God really does care about the worship that we offer to Him. The Second Commandment (“Thou...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Can a $135 Pair of Sneakers End Bullying?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-26-2022 under OPINION

Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: Bullying is a serious issue, although I posit it is not new. I grew up being bullied by my peers for different reasons. Kids are always...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Whoops! I Gave My Vegan Friend Ham!

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-19-2022 under OPINION

I love off-the-wall questions like this one: Last week, I was hanging in the park smoking cannabis and having a picnic, eating a salad. A friend came by, also smoking, and reached over and started eating my salad. I was surprised and wasn't...

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Ethics and Religion Talk - Pregnant and Brain Dead

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-12-2022 under OPINION

  In a continuing effort to ensure religious diversity in our column, Ethics and Religion Talk has been looking for new panelists. We welcome a new voice whose responses should begin to appear in the coming weeks, the Reverend Salvatore...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Doctors and Death

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-05-2022 under OPINION

Should surgeons, cancer doctors or other high-risk medical specialists be tested and evaluated on how well they deliver bad news? How important is it that they be equipped with the skills to help their patients plan for death? Might it be a better...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is Your Tradition Opposed to Discrimination?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-28-2022 under OPINION

Linda Knieriemen, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Holland, responds: Yes. it is a violation. I lean on the Biblical mandate: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” as well as Jesus welcoming example toward the...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Are Ethicists Ethical?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-21-2022 under OPINION

Ethics and Religion Talk is seeking new members of the panel of clergy. We prefer individuals who serve congregations, but will consider those with administrative or academic positions. Applicants should have strong writing skills and be willing to...

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