Ethics and Religion Talk

Ethics and Religion Talk: What to do after a miscarriage? (Part 1)

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-25-2017 under OPINION

We are still in mourning and quite sad, yet also continually grateful for our other three children and grateful for the kindness and compassion of our family, friends, and caregivers. My wife and I are now pondering questions of what happens after...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does religious freedom mean exemption from the law?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-18-2017 under OPINION

Wouldn't this allow religions to justify polygamy, race and sex discrimination, drug use, prostitution, or any other law they didn't like, to the detriment of civil society? Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Senior relationships

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-11-2017 under OPINION

But, we have a passionate side to our friendship. We don’t want to have sex. We just enjoy hugging and making out a little. Why is wrong if we love each other and have no intention to cross the line? I think it is unreasonable and unhealthy to...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: The Charlie Gard Case

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-05-2017 under OPINION

The parents wanted to take him out of the United Kingdom for treatment. The hospital took the parents to court to prevent them from doing so. Ultimately, he died at the end of July after additional court battles regarding the parents’ desire...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Forbidden Fruit

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-28-2017 under OPINION

The familiar saying, “You are what you eat” proves to be true even in the Garden of Eden. Adam & Eve chose to ignore God’s warning to not eat from the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the entire human...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should religious institutions be 'Safe Refuge?'

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-21-2017 under OPINION

Fred Wooden, the senior pastor of Fountain Street Church, responds: “The Torah speaks of cities of refuge, for those who are not safe despite the usual safeguards. They served a needed purpose. Modern houses of worship are not legal...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is torture in defense of civilians ethical?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-14-2017 under OPINION

This column answers questions of Ethics and Religion by submitting them to a multi-faith panel of spiritual leaders in the Grand Rapids area. We’d love to hear about the ordinary ethical questions that come up on the course of your day as well...

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