April 2, 2009
Recently, I had the pleasure to meet Peter and Helen Evans, authors of the book, Get Serious: The Church's Stand on Contemporary Culture. The book's subtitle asks, "Who ever said Christianity was nice?" Last Saturday, I read their book to really find out how the church views issues, such as euthanasia, animal rights, welfare, and genetic engineering. This book provided no sugar-coated response, rather, a thought-provoking and insightful look into these issues with various representatives from the Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox churches. The book is written in an interview style format and answers the questions one may have about the Christian perspective on these issues.
For example, on the topic of euthanasia, Mr. and Mrs. Evans ask an Eastern Orthodox priest, Jonathan Tobias about euthanasia and focus on recent events, like Terri Schiavo's case, how the church views life support measures and suicide. Fr. Tobias provides detailed answers to the questions from a religious perspective.
Overall, the book is well written, and it offers a perspective that provokes serious conversation with a pastor or a small group.