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Anti-abortion faith leaders support use of COVID-19 vaccines

By David Crary — January 10, 2021

(AP) — One outspoken foe of abortion based in Dallas, Southern Baptist megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, has called the vaccines a “present from God.”

Who should get COVID-19 vaccine first?

By Charles C. Camosy — November 30, 2020

(RNS) — Giving a healthy 17-year-old supermarket cashier a vaccine before a 67-year-old with diabetes and asthma cannot be defended.

Yes, we rationed care at the height of the pandemic and the elderly paid the price

By Charles C. Camosy — June 18, 2020

(RNS) — With the coming decision about who gets the first doses of lifesaving drugs, we will have the rare immediate second chance to acknowledge our mistake and reverse course.

Ethical vegans in UK win court protection for their creed

By Catherine Pepinster — January 8, 2020

LONDON (RNS) — A ruling in an alleged wrongful termination case said that ethical veganism qualified as a philosophical belief under the U.K.’s Equality Act 2010.

Trump’s tweets and actions aren’t good fruit — or moral

By Matthew Arbo — December 31, 2019

(RNS) — A recent essay by theologian Wayne Grudem lists 20 achievements that he believes reflect well on the president’s character. It’s also possible in a few of these achievements to see corruption.

Peter Singer on why we don’t help the global poor and why we should

By Charles C. Camosy — December 5, 2019

(RNS) — ‘To live an ethical life it’s not enough to refrain from lying, stealing or killing,’ says the renowned bioethicist. ‘We have to assist people who lack the necessities they need to survive.’

My friendship with Peter Singer 10 years on

By Charles C. Camosy — November 21, 2019

(RNS) — As Peter Singer’s influential 2009 book ‘The Life You Can Save,’ is reissued in a 10th anniversary edition, our Catholic ethicist reviews his unlikely friendship with the champion of abortion rights.

To save the planet, we need faith, ethics, science and economics

By Thomas Reese — September 25, 2019

(RNS) — Responding to climate change requires a moral vision that puts the poor and future generations on an equal footing with ourselves.

There is more than one religious view on abortion – here’s what Jewish texts say

By Rachel Mikva — May 23, 2019

(The Conversation) — Although the Hebrew Bible does not mention abortion, a discussion of miscarriage in Exodus suggests that a fetus has a different status.

Evangelicals issue principles on benefits, challenges of artificial intelligence

By Adelle M. Banks — April 12, 2019

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The statement aims to help evangelicals proactively navigate their use of technology like smartphones and virtual assistants such as Siri or Alexa from a scriptural perspective that focuses on ethics about human dignity.

Paige Patterson, ousted Baptist seminary leader, to teach ethics course

By Adelle M. Banks — October 2, 2018

(RNS) — Patterson plans to co-teach a mid-October weeklong class on ‘Christian Ethics: The Bible and Moral Issues’ with Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Praise God and pass the plasticware

By Paul O'Donnell — September 26, 2018

JERUSALEM (RNS) — Home to the holidays for three religions, Israel uses more plastic cups per capita than any other people in the world.

Vatican document on economic ethics is a dismal read on a timely topic

By Thomas Reese — May 21, 2018

(RNS) — The Vatican’s new document on economic ethics, ‘Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones,’ gives theological backing to Pope Francis’ views on the economy, one of the major themes of his papacy. Too bad it’s so badly written its timely and important message may not get read.

The race to colonize Mars is on. One astronomy professor isn’t sure we should go.

By Holly Meyer — May 14, 2018

(USA Today Network) — The race to colonize Mars is underway, but one astronomy professor thinks we should slow down and figure out if there is life on Earth’s planetary neighbor before our exploration destroys it.

What Comey learned from theologian Reinhold Niebuhr about ethical leadership

By Christopher Beem — April 24, 2018

(The Conversation) — Reviewers have noted the influence of one particular 20th-century American Christian philosopher in James’ Comey’s new book: Reinhold Niebuhr.

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