Well! You wonder what Dr. Ed Payne will have to say next! Can there be anything new or merely a rehash of previous subjects? Not only is this new material and a new perspective, but this book is one for you to hand out to pastors, elders, deacons, and any Christian who is serious about his faith!
—Jay E. Adams, Ph.D.,
Dean of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation
Dr. Payne’s book combines two qualities that are often lacking in contemporary discussions of issues in medical ethics: firsthand medical expertise, and a sound, conservative Biblical theology. Not every reader will agree with his conclusions, but every reader has much to learn from this timely volume. I warmly recommend it to anyone who is looking for Biblical perspectives on these important issues facing the Church.
—John Jefferson Davis, Ph.D.,
Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics,
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
When confronted by the burning issues of our day, the Church has been too-long content to offer only generalities or echoes of liberalism garnished with Scripture. However, Dr. Ed Payne has found the Biblical passages which, when joined to medical data, lead to practical answers. That many of his views are not very close to medical orthodoxy reveals just how far medicine has strayed from its only proper basis: the Bible.
—Dr. Hilton Terrell, Ph.D., M.D.,
Editor, Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine
I have often known Ed Payne to be radical in his thinking about the issues of medicine and healing. I have never known him to be careless. You will be startled when you read this book, and you may end up disagreeing with certain points. But you had also better be prepared to think — and to think hard.
Executive Editor, World magazine
What Carrie A. Nation was to the Saloon League, Dr. Ed Payne may be to the American Medical Association and other institutions of the medical/health care establishment. A medical school professor himself, Dr. Payne has written the medical equivalent of Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, which challenged traditional views and habits of thought in both philosophy and theology. His convictions and opinions are so iconoclastic and revolutionary that his professional colleagues must be thinking about referring him to Dr. Kevorkian.
Dr. Payne writes as a convinced Biblical Christian who is not content with merely asking the Lord to bless his secular work, but who wants to bring it in all its ramifications under the obedience of Christ. He presents a thoroughly grounded, in-depth analysis and critique of medical theory and practice and offers revolutionary proposals for dealing with the much-proclaimed “health-care crisis” — a crisis which he interprets very differently from the prevailing wisdom in government and AMA circles as a crisis of morals as much as — or more than — of money.
Reviewers wrote of Karl Barth’s Letter to the Romans that it “burst like a bombshell on the playground of the theologians.” Both medical professionals and theological scholars will find, even when they disagree with the author, that Biblical Healing for Modern Medicine will not let them off the hook with easy platitudes and shopworn slogans.”
—Harold O. J. Brown, Ph.D.,
Professor of Theology and Ethics, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School,
and Director, the Rockford Institute Center on Religion and Society.