Scientific Christianity and advancements in healing

These days when we hear of a new advance in healing, it's usually related to biological research or some refinement of surgical technique. Advancement, for the most part, seems to be perceived as discovering how matter "behaves"—body chemistry, genetic material, cells, and so forth.

Exploring matter in its various forms, the theory goes, will yield answers to vital questions and show how to eliminate the worst diseases confronting mankind. Often the common hope is that a more sophisticated diagnostic system, a "miracle" drug, some discovery in the research laboratory, will bring the solution.

Many dedicated people unselfishly give their best efforts in these directions, working to develop medicines and medical treatments intended to relieve humanity's suffering. Yet new technologies and discoveries often bring new dilemmas with them. Modern "breakthroughs" conceived of as cures may unfortunately produce problems of equal or even greater magnitude. Someone seeking a cure may find himself faced with physical complications and ethical dilemmas he never dreamed of.

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July 22, 1991

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