Dr. James M. Grier is the distinguished professor of philosophical theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, a former Cedarville University professor, a gentlemen whom I remember preaching at chapel when I was at Cedarville, and a friend of mine (if one breakfast at a conference makes two people friends!). I have a deep respect for Dr. Grier. Every time I have heard him teach, I have been helped. Since he has spent much of his life in the field of bioethics, I thought I would ask him for recommendations concerning “end-of-life” issues. He was kind enough to send me the following biography that covers far more than I even asked for! He sent it to me in a different format, but transferring it from WORD to WordPress, and keeping the formatting, was difficult. Please notice that the books listed in red Dr. Grier considers to be the best. Be sure to visit Dr. Grier’s website, and in particular his lectures page where you will find an MP3 of a lecture titled “Bio-Ethics: Death, Dying & Euthanasia.” Thank you Dr. Grier!


Selected Bibliography in Bioethics

Compiled by James M. Grier
Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
[Updated February, 2008]

Selected Books

  • Anderson, J. Kirby.  Genetic Engineering: The Ethical Issues.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1982.
  • Blocher, Mark.  The Right to Die? Caring Alternatives to Euthanasia.  Chicago: Moody Press, 1999. (Written by former Director of Baptists For Life who is now on staff at Cornerstone University.
  • Bouma, Hessle and D. Diekema, E. Langerak, T. Rottman, A. Verhey.  Christian Faith, Health and Medical Practice. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1989.
  • Bopp, James Ed.  Human Life and Health Care Ethics.  Frederick, MD: University Press of America, 1985.
  • Davis, John Jefferson. 3nd edition.   Evangelical Ethics: Issues Facing the Church Today.  Phillipsburg, N.J.: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1993. (General work on ethical problems with attempted solutions.) 
  • Dyck, Arthur J.  Life’s Worth: The Case Against Assisted Suicide.  Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2002 
  • Feinburg, John S and Paul D.  Ethics for a Brave New World.  Wheaton: Crossway Book, 1993.   (General work on ethical problems with attempted solutions.) 
  • Frame, John M.  Medical Ethics: Principles, Persons and Problems.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1988.  (Written by a Reformed professor of Theology and Ethics but very general in content.) 
  • Geisler, Norman.  Christian Ethics: Options and Issues.  Grand Rapids: Baker, 1989. (General text in ethics with issues presented in the 2nd half of the book). 
  • Grenz, Stanley J.  The Moral Quest.  Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1997.  (General text in Christian Ethics) 
  • ________.  Sexual Ethics.  Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1993.  
  • Jones, David Clyde.  Biblical Christian Ethics.  Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1994.  (General text in Christian Ethics.) 
  • Hall, Amy Laura.  Conceiving Parenthood: American Protestantism and the Spirit of Reproduction.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008. 
  • ________.  “Unwanted Interruptions.”  Christianity Today. (July 2004): 30-31. 
  • ________.  “Good Breading: The Eugenics Temptation.”  Christian Century. (November 2, 2004): 24-29.
  •  ________.  “Making Parental Choices.”  Christian Century. (June 28, 2003): 32-36. 
  • ________.  “The Irreproducible Gift: Musings on Christ and Biotechnical Reproduction.”  Journal of Lutheran Ethics.  (Vol. 3, Issue 7).
  • Kilner, John F.  Life on the Line: Ethics, Aging, Ending Patient’s Lives, and Allocating Vital Resources.  Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1992.
  • Kilner, John F., Nigel de. S. Cameron and David Schiedermayer, editors.  Bioethics and the Future of Medicine: A Christian Appraisal.  Grand Rapids: Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1995. (Written from an Evangelical perspective.) 
  • Kilner, John F., Arlene Miller and Edmund Pellegrino, editors.  Dignity and Dying: A Christian Appraisal.  Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1996.  (Written from a Evangelical perspective) 
  • Kilner, John F., Rebecca Pentz and Frank Young, editors. Genetic Ethics.  Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1997.  (Written from a Christian perspective) 
  • Kilner, John F., Paige Cunningham and David Hager, editors.  The Reproductive Revolution:  A Christian Appraisal of Sexuality, Reproductive Technologies, and the Family.  Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000.  (Evangelical perspective) 
  • Lamimers, Stephen E. and Allen Verhey, editors.  On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives in Medical Ethics.  Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1987.
  • May, William F.  Active Euthanasia and Health Care Reform: Testing the Medical Covenant.  Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1996. (Interesting approach based on the covenant between doctor and patient.) 
  • Meilaender, Gilbert.  Bioethics: A Primer for Christians.  Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1996.  (Excellent for initial reading in the area of bioethics) 
  • Murray, John.  Principles of Christian Conduct.  Grand Rapids: Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1957. 
  • Rae, Scott B.  Brave New Families.  Grand Rapids: Baker Book House Company, 1996.  (Good information but his conclusions must be carefully evaluated.)
  • Rae, Scott B. and Paul M. Cox, editors.   Bioethics: A Christian Approach in a Pluralistic Age.  Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999. 
  • Ramsey, Paul.  Fabricated Man: The Ethics of Genetic Control.  New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1970.  (Older book that raises the issues we face today.) 
  • Richardson, Herbert, Ed. On the Problem of Surrogate Parenthood.  Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1987. 
  • Schneider, Edward D., Ed.  Questions About the Beginning of Life.  Minneapolis: Augsburg Press, 1985. 
  • Vaux, Kenneth L., Health and Medicine in the Reformed Tradition.  New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1994. 
  • Verhey, Allen.  Reading the Bible in the Strange World of Medicine. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2003. 
  • Wong, John B.  Ethics Today For Ministers and Healthcare Professionals.  Loma Linda, CA:  Loma Linda University Press, 2003.  (Excellent text for pastors and church workers)