The vocation of being an advocate for the dead

An article on the real-life doctor featured in the movie Concussion says quite a bit about the Nigerian Christian’s understanding of “calling”; that is, vocation.  (Did any of this come out in the movie?) [Read more…]

The gift of pain

A 39-year-old woman was born with the inability to feel pain.  But this rare syndrome is no super power.  A new treatment enabled her to feel pain for the first time.  And she was glad. [Read more…]

How to calm a crying baby

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People who think they are dead

I think a major problem today–one that looms behind other problems, such as sexual immorality and identity confusions–is that people are often dissociated from their bodies.  We see this in the gender dysphoria that gives us transgenderism, the sense that some people have that they are really a different sex than that of their bodies.  Then there is bodily integrity disorder, which gives us the “transabled,” the conviction that some people have that they should have been born with a disability.  Now we learn of Cotard’s syndrome in which some people believe that they are dead. [Read more…]

She felt she was supposed to have been born blind

I’ve blogged about the “transabled,” people who feel that they should have been born into a body that is disabled.  After the jump is a story about a woman who felt that the way she “was supposed to be born” was to be blind.  So the psychologist working with her blinded her.  He “gave her eye-numbing drops before sprinkling a few droplets of drain cleaner into each pupil.” [Read more…]

Babies are now living before they are legally “viable”

Legally, a fetus is not considered “viable” until 24 weeks, at which time certain protections may kick in.  But now, according to a new study, a baby may very well be viable–that is, able to survive outside the womb–at 22 weeks, and possibly earlier, especially as medical technology keeps getting better. [Read more…]


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