Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Ethics and the Beginning of Human Life

Megan Best, BMed (Hons), MAAE

What sort of contraception, if any, should I use? When does human life begin—at fertilization or at some point after that? What are the arguments for and against abortion? Is it ok to use genetic screening and other prenatal tests to check for abnormalities in my unborn baby? Should Christians use IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies? What is the current state of embryonic stem cell research? These are just some of the many complex and emotion-laden questions we face in the rapidly changing field of reproductive medicine, and most Christians do so with two very significant handicaps:

  • We don’t have accurate up-to-date information about the medical and technological issues involved.
  • We have not thought through a sound, biblical framework for making ethical decisions in this area.

Dr. Megan Best provides what is lacking in both of these vital areas. Built on extensive historical, biblical and medical research, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made is the comprehensive, accurate, biblically-based ethical handbook Christians have been waiting to read.

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About the Author

Megan Best, BMed (Hons), MAAE

Dr. Megan Best has been involved in medical ethics for over 20 years and, through her work with the media and in education, is currently involved in community discussion of issues including euthanasia, stem cells and cloning, genetics, and assisted reproduction.

With a degree in Medicine and a Master of Arts in Applied Ethics in Health Care, Megan lectures at the University of Sydney and the University of NSW. She has recently completed a thesis on the spiritual care of patients at the end of life.

She is the author of “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Ethics and the Beginning of Human Life” (2012) and “A Life Already Started” (2013) and lives in Sydney with her husband and two delightful daughters.