An Online Survey – Attitudes and Practices of Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Greg Strand – April 3, 2013 Leave a comment

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity (CBHD), of Trinity International University, (founded by the EFCA), is sponsoring a multi-national online survey of attitudes and practices among Christians of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (A.R.T.), technology used for the purposes of reproduction. It includes insemination with sperm, in vitro fertilization (I.V.F.), gamete or zygote intrafallopian transfer (G.I.F.T. or Z.I.F.T.), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (I.C.S.I.), preimplantation genetic diagnosis (P.G.D.), and surrogacy where legal.

The primary investigator of the study is Dr. Megan Best, an Australian physician and recent author of Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Ethics and the beginning of human life (Kingsford NSW, Australia: Matthias Media, 2012), a book I have previously recommended.

The survey can be accessed through the CBHD website and will be open until April 30. The results will be published online, as well as through peer-reviewed articles. The results will assist CBHD as they look to prepare resources to better equip pastors, leaders and others in this important area of life and morality.

I strongly recommend and encourage you to take the time to complete this survey, not only for CBHD but also for you and the ministry to God’s people in the local church! And if possible, encourage others to take the survey as well.

Greg Strand

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA’s Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

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