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Biblical Perspective on the Mind-Body Problem (Part 1)Premium Content

What is the relationship between the mind, spirit and body?

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Addiction as Besetting SinPremium Content

by Franklin E. Payne, Jr., M.D., author of several books, is Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, Georgia.

Addictive disorders and alcoholism cost $165 billion a year in the United States alone!1 The addict screams, "I can't help myself! I'm addicted." In response, "experts"2 and society feel compassion with ever increasing programs for them.

However, I want to substitute "besetting sin" for "addiction." The primary problem is moral and spiritual,3 not medical, and cannot be addressed without that perspective.

What is Addiction?

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Confidentiality and the Christian Health Care WorkerPremium Content

The principle of confidentiality is necessary to protect information essential for intimate relationships. However, carefully timed and chosen speech used to breach a confidence may protect a neighbor's life. Therefore the difficult choice of whether to remain "silent" in maintaining a confidence or to "speak" and in so doing justly decide the appropriate person, place and time of speech, demands the wisdom of Solomon.

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Doctrine & EthicsPremium Content

Every movement that has ever competed for the loyalty of human beings has done so on the basis of a set of beliefs. Whether the movement is religious or political, philosophical or artistic, the same pattern emerges: A group of ideas, of beliefs, is affirmed to be in the first place true and in the second important. It is impossible to live life to its fullness and avoid encountering claims for our loyalty of one kind or another.

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The Seven Basic Christian Roots of Early A.A.Premium Content

A.A. cofounders William Griffith Wilson (“Bill W.”) and Robert Holbrook Smith, M.D. (“Dr. Bob”) both were born and raised in Vermont, had a Congregational Christian upbringing, were much involved in Bible study, knew of conversions, attended church at least once a week, and attended chapel every school day as required at the Academies in which they were “scholars” (i.e., students). Each was steeped in the seven basic Christian roots of early A.A.

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What is Truth? A Biblical PerspectivePremium Content

Many a professing Christian's theology is no deeper than the latest evangelical cliché. Truth is one term that has suffered sorely. We are told that "All truth is God's truth" and that we must "integrate faith with learning."The notion that God has two bodies of "truth" (special revelation in His Son and His Word)and "natural revelation" that are equally authoritative and necessary for godly living is especially pernicious. I think few people have actually considered the biblical notion of truth.

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On the Nature of Arguments for Mental IllnessPremium Content

The literature of nouthetic counseling teaches that we are accountable for our thoughts and actions. Our actions often determine our experiences, but not always. A person may be held accountable by a counselor or physician for his behavior, but not for the feelings he experiences.

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Your Doctor is Not GodPremium Content

Once we are admittedly sick it is easy to set up the physician as god. Surrounded by his pills, surgical instruments, or other medical technology surely he has the power to make us well. Admittedly it is tempting for the physician to assume the role of deity. This is a false assumption.

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Human Personhood Begins at ConceptionPremium Content

When is a baby a person?

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Am I a Murderer?Premium Content

An obstetrician discusses abortion.

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