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    Flourishing: Health, Disease, and Bioethics in Theological Perspective.Neil Messer - 2013 - Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans.
    Philosophical accounts of health, disease, and illness -- Disability perspectives: critical insights and questions -- Theological resources for understanding health and disease -- Theological theses concerning health, disease, and illness.
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    Evolution and theodicy: How (not) to do science and theology.Neil Messer - 2018 - Zygon 53 (3):821-835.
    This article uses Christopher Southgate's work and engagement with other scholars on the topic of evolutionary theodicy as a case study in the dialogue of science and Christian theology. A typology is outlined of ways in which the voices of science and the Christian tradition may be related in a science–theology dialogue, and examples of each position on the typology are given from the literature on evolution and natural evil. The main focus is on Southgate's evolutionary theodicy and the alternative (...)
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    Can Science Inform Christian Ethical Reflection on Gender Identity?Neil Messer - 2024 - Studies in Christian Ethics 37 (2):264-283.
    This article explores whether and how research into biological influences on gender identity can and should inform Christian ethical reflection on gender diversity and gender nonconformity. First, the current state of genetic and neuroscientific research on gender identity is surveyed. While the scientific findings are as yet preliminary, tentative, and sometimes contradictory, researchers argue that they already give grounds for thinking that many biological factors have some influence on gender identity through complex interactions with many social and environmental factors. Next, (...)
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  4. Selfish Genes and Christian Ethics.Neil Messer - 2009 - Ars Disputandi 9:1566-5399.
     
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  5. Human Cloning and Genetic Manipulation: Some Theological and Ethical Issues.Neil Messer - 1999 - Studies in Christian Ethics 12 (2):1-16.
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    Guest Editorial.Andreas Andreopoulos, Neil Messer & Robert Song - 2011 - Studies in Christian Ethics 24 (4):409-414.
    A collection of papers from a conference entitled ‘Eastern Orthodox and Western Christian Approaches to Bioethics’ is presented in this issue. This Editorial introduces the papers and identifies recurrent themes and questions: first, the complex relationship between faith, ethics, law and professional practice; secondly, the modes and tasks of Christian ethics or moral theology in relation to bioethical issues; thirdly, the kinds of service that academic theologians should offer to the churches, their leaders and Christians in relevant professions; fourth and (...)
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    Determinism, Freedom and Sin: Reformed Theological Resources for a Conversation with Neuroscience and Philosophy.Neil Messer - 2015 - Studies in Christian Ethics 28 (2):163-174.
    This paper engages with one debate in the emerging field of neuroethics. It is sometimes claimed on the strength of neuroscientific research that our actions are causally determined and therefore not truly free, or more modestly that brain structures or processes constrain some choices and actions, raising questions about our moral responsibility for them. I argue that a Reformed account of providence, sin and grace offers an account of causation able to resist hard determinism, reframes concepts of freedom and responsibility, (...)
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    Judging the Secret Thoughts of All: Functional Neuroimaging, ‘Brain Reading’, and the Theological Ethics of Privacy1.Neil Messer - 2021 - Studies in Christian Ethics 34 (1):17-35.
    Of the many futuristic prospects offered by neuroscience, one of the more controversial is ‘brain reading’: the use of functional neuroimaging to gain information about subjects’ mental states or thoughts. This technology has various possible applications, including ‘neuromarketing’ and lie detection. Would such applications violate subjects’ privacy rights? Conversely, if God knows and judges all our secret thoughts, do Christians have any stake in defending a right to mental privacy? This article argues that God’s knowledge of us is different not (...)
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    Judging the Secret Thoughts of All: Functional Neuroimaging, ‘Brain Reading’, and the Theological Ethics of Privacy1.Neil Messer - 2021 - Studies in Christian Ethics 34 (1):17-35.
    Of the many futuristic prospects offered by neuroscience, one of the more controversial is ‘brain reading’: the use of functional neuroimaging to gain information about subjects’ mental states or thoughts. This technology has various possible applications, including ‘neuromarketing’ and lie detection. Would such applications violate subjects’ privacy rights? Conversely, if God knows and judges all our secret thoughts, do Christians have any stake in defending a right to mental privacy? This article argues that God’s knowledge of us is different not (...)
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    Toward a Theological Understanding of Health and Disease.Neil Messer - 2011 - Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 31 (1):161-178.
    The concepts of health and disease are foundational to biomedical ethics. This essay critiques two widely used approaches to understanding health and disease: the World Health Organization definition of health as "complete physical, mental and social well-being," and the attempts by Thomas Szasz and Christopher Boorse to define health and disease in objective, value-free terms. Drawing particularly on the thought of Karl Barth, I argue that in Christian perspective, health must be understood in terms of the goods and goals toward (...)
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    Theological neuroethics: Christian ethics meets the science of the human brain.Neil Messer - 2017 - New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PIc.
    Neil Messer brings together a range of theoretical and practical questions raised by current research on the human brain: questions about both the 'ethics of neuroscience' and the 'neuroscience of ethics'. While some of these are familiar to theologians, others have been more or less ignored hitherto, and the field of neuroethics as a whole has received little theological attention. Drawing on both theological ethics and the science-and-theology field, Messer discusses cognitive-scientific and neuroscientific studies of religion, arguing that they do (...)
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    Healthcare Resource Allocation and the 'Recovery of Virtue'.Neil Messer - 2005 - Studies in Christian Ethics 18 (1):89-108.
    This paper maps the different levels of the problem of healthcare resource allocation — micro, macro and international — with reference to three cases. It is argued that two standard approaches to the issue of distributive justice in healthcare, the QALY (quality-adjusted life year) approach and the social-contract approach developed by Norman Daniels, are fundamentally unsatisfactory for reasons identified by Alasdair MacIntyre. Although the virtue theory articulated by MacIntyre and others has been influential in many areas of healthcare ethics, there (...)
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  13. Book Review: D. Stephen Long, Christian Ethics: A Very Short IntroductionLongD. Stephen, Christian Ethics: A Very Short Introduction . viii + 135 pp., £7.99 , ISBN 978-0-19-956886-4. [REVIEW]Neil Messer - 2013 - Studies in Christian Ethics 26 (2):245-246.
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    Book Review: David Grumett and Rachel Muers, Theology on the Menu: Asceticism, Meat and Christian Diet. [REVIEW]Neil Messer - 2014 - Studies in Christian Ethics 27 (1):98-101.
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    Science and Christian Ethics. [REVIEW]Neil Messer - 2019 - Studies in Christian Ethics 34 (4):568-571.
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  16. Book Review: Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective. [REVIEW]Neil Messer - 2006 - Studies in Christian Ethics 19 (2):240-243.