Those who face reproductive problems tend to focus their lives almost totally on the desperate desire to bear children. Those who vehemently oppose abortion in the name of the fetus's "right to life" elevate the significance of fetal life to the exclusion of any other factor or person in the particular situation of pregnancy. Physicians, confronted with a tiny premature newborn, may struggle more with competitiveness than compassion to salvage the fragile life, despite almost certain and catastrophic impairment should they "succeed." Life is sacred, but its sanctity lies not in its biological basis but in its source: God."
How shall Christians confess their faith in the midst of people whose beliefs are different? What is the shape of the faith that Christians confess? What should be the church's stance toward other faith traditions? The Office of Theology and Worship wishes to contribute to the church's consideration of the issue by making available to Presbyterians a superb theological paper from the Commission on Theology of the Reformed Church in America.
Divestment of holdings in a particular firm or class of firms is both part of the normal management of funds and potentially an occasion for Christian witness to God's call for justice and the renewal of society.
This report is one of four study papers, commissioned in order to better understand the human consequences of globalization. It attribues the current acceleration of globalization to corporate mergers and the rise of neoliberal ideology. It sees negative effects of globalization in terms of increased income and wealth disparities within and between nations and the loss of democratic control of economic policy and regulation, as nations race to the bottom with efforts to attract international capital investment. While fewer trade restrictions tend to motivate increased economic efficiency in the long run, there are shorter run costs of transition, and these …
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By William M. Ramsay
Men of the Church in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) provides 11 New Testament Bible studies to aid congregations. Each study is inspired by a book of the Bible and includes seven sessions for open discussion.
This is the first of four papers developed by the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy ACSWP and made available to the church for study, reflection and feedback on issues related to globalization and international trade and the church's advocacy on trade issues in the public arena. In this paper, Gordon Douglass examines the impact of economic growth and the challenges brought by the new political dynamic experienced in globalization. This paper serves to define economic globalization and introduces the theological and ethical considerations for the foloowing three papers in this series.
In its broadest sense, globalization refers to the rapid growth of linkages and interconnections between nations and social communities which make up the present world system. Thus, any meaningful discussion of globalization must begin with a recognition that it may mean different things to different people: For some it refers primarily to the vast spread of global communication. Others think it best conveys the homogenization of consumer cultures. For still others, it is mostly a way of drawing attention to the emerging consciousness of our mutual dependence on the life support system of a small planet. Many others believe it …