Center for Christian Bioethics sponsors Provonsha Lecture series
In February 2005, California legislators introduced assembly bill 654, the California Compassionate Choice Act, shaped in the image of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act. Although the bill was recently sent back to committee, this legislation was written with the intent to move Californian society in the direction of allowing physicians to help patients end their lives. Several questions arose from this: Do we want our society to move in this direction? Could there be reasonable Christian arguments to support this legislation? What of other religious perspectives on this issue?
With these questions in mind, the Center for Christian Bioethics has gathered an outstanding group of scholars who will speak to the religious perspective of physician-assisted suicide at the 2006 Jack W. Provonsha Lecture Series. The 10-week Jack W. Provonsha Lecture Series will meet each Thursday evening beginning January 5, 2006, and ending March 9, 2006. Loma Linda University students may attend the lectures for credit; health care professionals may attend the lectures for continuing
education purposes; and community members may attend the lectures purely out of interest in the topic, at no cost to themselves.
“An opportunity like this does not happen often, so mark your calendars to attend the 2006 Jack W. Provonsha Lecture Series,” says Mark Carr, PhD, theological co-director of the Center for Christian Bioethics.
Dennis Prager, PhD, will be the speaker for the January 5 Provonsha Lecture.
A 23-year veteran in talk radio, Dennis Prager is “one of America’s best five speakers,” according to Toastmasters. Dr. Prager has a pulse on ethical issues and has been referred to as a “moral compass” and someone whose mission has been “to get people obsessed with what is right and wrong.” He is well known for his lectures before business, civic, religious, and school groups on a variety of topics ranging from personal and social issues to morality and religion. Dr. Prager is also known for his interfaith dialogues with representatives from virtually every religion in the world in addition to being a well-published author, orchestral conductor, documentary and comedic film director, and Russian and Jewish history professor.
David Novak, PhD, will be the speaker for the January 12 Provonsha Lecture, as well as the Center for Christian Bioethics Grand Rounds presentation also held on January 12.
Dr. Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies as professor of the study of religion, professor of philosophy, director of the Jewish studies programme, and member of University College and the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto, Canada, since 1997. He is founder, vice president, and coordinator of the panel of inquiry on Jewish law of the union for traditional Judaism and founder of the Institute of Traditional Judaism in Teaneck, New Jersey, where he regularly lectures.
Dr. Novak is primarily engaged in the study of the philosophical aspects of the Jewish legal tradition. He is the author of nine books, the latest being The Election of Israel: The Idea of the Chosen People (Cambridge University Press, 1995). He has also authored numerous articles which have appeared in several scholarly and intellectual journals.