So what is Man that Thou art mindful of him?

by Stephen Lewis
for the NW region day conference, Nov 2007

Although I take my title from a fairly well known verse from Psalm 8, my aim is not to make any overtly theological pronouncements about the relationship between God and Man.

Instead, what I want to do is take a more scientific and analytical approach when it comes to considering the nature of Man to see how this might inform our understanding of this supposed Divine interest.

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Are we born in the image of God?

by Bill Faull
for the NW region day conference, Nov 2007

Then God said 'Let us make humankind in our own image, according to our own likeness'. 'So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them, and God blessed them' [1] - the so-called 'Imago Dei'.

That is such a familiar quote from Genesis that it's now all but taken as read. It turns up all over the place including the eucharistic liturgy, so much so that its extraordinary theological insight risks getting lost, hence my raising it as an issue for discussion today.

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Medical ethical concerns surrounding end-of-life issues

by Oenone Wollaston
for the NW region day conference, Nov 2007

Hippocratic Oath

My own experience has largely been in General Practice which involves dealing with patients at every stage of the life course. However for this paper I have chosen to concentrate on end-of-life issues. General practice is at the heart of health services around the world and GP's are the first point of contact for the patients. They have multiple obligations:

  • To patients in their care.
  • To governments for the responsible use of resources.
  • To the wider community for the standard of health care they provide.

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The MCU conference and aggressive non-violence

by Jonathan Clatworthy
for the NW region day conference, Nov 2007

The MCU was founded in 1898 and held its first annual conference in 1914. Since then it has had one every year except during the Second World War. This year's was No. 90.

In the early years they had a polemical flavour. The organization was campaigning for the position which came to be described as 'Modernist' because that was what Pope Pius X called it when he condemned it in 1907. It was in favour of biblical scholarship, it wasn't afraid if parts of the Bible turned out not to be true, it didn't feel threatened by modern science - not even evolution - and it defended the right of church people to question inherited doctrines like miracles and substitutionary atonement. The papers read at these conferences were printed in the journal, then called 'Modern Churchman', and there are copies here at the Library.

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