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Bioethics lecture series announced for February

James W. Walters, PhD
James W. Walters, PhD
James W. Walters, PhD, will be the speaker for the February 2 Jack W. Provonsha Lecture Series slated for Randall Visitors Center at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Walters is a professor of religion at Loma Linda University. He is now the principal investigator of the Adventist Health and Religion Study (AHRS), a project looking at the possible effect of religious beliefs, values, and practices on mental and physical health outcomes. A grant application from AHRS is now pending at the National Institute of Aging. Dr. Walters’ most recent work, Martin Buber and Feminist Ethics,  appeared in the fall 2003.

Margaret Mohrmann, MD, PhD, will be the presenter for the February 9 Provonsha lecture series also set for Randall Visitors Center, 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Mohrmann completed her residency in pediatrics from Johns Hopkins and served as director of the pediatric residency program and medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit at Medical University of South Carolina before pursuing a PhD in religious studies from the University of Virginia. Remaining at the University of Virginia, she is currently Harrison Medical Teaching associate professor of pediatrics and associate professor of both medical education and religious studies. She has authored Medicine As Ministry: Reflections on Suffe
Margaret Mohrmann, MD, PhD
Margaret Mohrmann, MD, PhD
ring, Ethics and Hope, and co-edited Pain Seeking Understanding: Suffering, Medicine, and Faith. Her most recent book is Attending Children: A Doctor’s Education.

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 with the final series held March 9, 2006. LLU 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.

By Dustin R. Jones, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, January 26, 2006