Top Ten Books of 2009, Number Seven - Russell Moore


Top Ten Books of 2009, Number Seven

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Gilbert Meilaender, Neither Beast Nor God: The Dignity of the Human Person

I am stunned by how often I hear evangelical Christians (including some very conservative ones) who have no idea how to think about bioethical issues beyond the question of abortion. There seems to be a “no abortion/no problem” attitude among some evangelicals when it comes to questions of reproductive technology and so forth. The problem is a previous generation of evangelicals often held a “no infanticide/no problem” attitude. A generation past (with some very notable and commendable exceptions) couldn’t see what was happening, so they lagged behind as the horror of the abortion culture settled in.

Gilbert Meilaender provided this year a superb resource for thoughtful people to consider questions of human dignity, and how to maintain it. He starts and ends with the most important question: “What is man?”

You are part of a family and family is difficult because family – every family – is an echo of the gospel.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency 
of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.