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Modern Medicine and the Bible

A personal take on what the Bible teaches us about modern medicine and the part it plays in our lives

A personal take on what the Bible teaches us about modern medicine and the part it plays in our lives

As the back cover informs us, this is the third book of a trilogy on biblical topics, but the first one to involve medicine.

The first few chapters tackle diet and how advanced the Law of Moses was in promoting a healthy eating.

The book then covers a wide range of topics including alcohol, exercise, depression, sex - including homosexuality - marriage and childbirth, quoting bible passages and referencing medical research papers.

The author has been helped by valuable contributions from experts in medicine, psychiatry, obstetrics, paediatrics and so on, but admits the conclusions remain his own.

But given these are his personal opinions, I think he takes the wrong approach.

He seems to try to justify his views with biblical quotes and scientific papers, rather then the more unbiased approach of looking at the evidence out there - including all biblical quotes - and then formulating an opinion.

He therefore has strong views on alcohol, antidepressants and the use of antipyretics to treat fever, but standard liberal views on other subjects such as homosexuality and gene therapy.

There are also subjects with very little reference to the Bible such as iron supplements in pregnancy and a connection he makes to breastfeeding and the 'land of milk and honey'.

I'm not sure what his target audience is, but I could see that the book would be a source of debate for bible study groups.

Overall some interesting, but opinionated theories which could start some discussion.

Dr Iain Henderson

Rating: 2.5/5

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