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Who determines the value of life?

Episode 4 of "Being Christian in today's culture"

April 25, 2024 -

In this fourth episode of our special eight-episode series called “Being Christian in today’s culture,” Dr. Denison discusses the sanctity of life as a pillar for biblical flourishing. He answers questions such as:

Is life intrinsically sacred? Who determines the value of life? Is euthanasia a sin?

The conversation with Dr. Denison highlights the intrinsic value of life from a biblical standpoint, spanning from issues like abortion to broader considerations of human dignity and societal values. He also tackles ethical dilemmas related to human life, euthanasia, and the impact of evolutionary and psychoanalytic theories on society, emphasizing the significance of recognizing the value of every human life.

For more, read this episode’s accompanying article, “The sanctity of life from conception to natural death.”

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  • (01:04): Introducing the Series: Being Christian in Today’s Culture
  • (02:31): Exploring the Sanctity of Life: A Deep Dive
  • (08:11): The Impact of Christianity on Society and Culture
  • (15:01): Christianity’s Role in Advancing Women’s Status and Addressing Immigration
  • (22:13): Ontology and the Sacredness of Life: A Philosophical Examination
  • (30:14): The Ethical Dilemmas in Modern Conflicts and Surveillance Societies
  • (35:43): The Slippery Slope of Utilitarian Ethics in Euthanasia and Abortion
  • (45:11): Marxism, Capitalism, and the Sanctity of Life
  • (55:04): The Importance of a Biblical Worldview on Identity and Value


About Dr. Jim Denison

Jim Denison, PhD, is a cultural theologian and the founder and CEO of Denison Ministries. He speaks biblically into significant cultural issues at Denison Forum. He is the chief author of The Daily Article and has written more than 30 books, including The Coming Tsunami, the Biblical Insight to Tough Questions series, and The Fifth Great Awakening.

About Dr. Mark Turman

Dr. Mark Turman is the Executive Director of Denison Forum and Vice President of Denison Ministries. Among his many duties, Turman is most notably the host of The Denison Forum Podcast. He is also the chief strategist for DF Pastors, which equips pastors and church leaders to understand and transform today’s culture.

About Denison Forum

Denison Forum exists to thoughtfully engage the issues of the day from a biblical perspective through The Daily Article email newsletter and podcast, The Denison Forum Podcast, as well as many books and additional resources.

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