By Dr. Sally Holt
Site Coordinator CBTS Tennessee
Sometimes, we are challenged when we work to apply biblical texts to contemporary ethical dilemmas. What, for example, should one think about the decline of the bee population in the United States? Researchers seem to point the finger at pesticide use as the cause of the bee decline with increasing regularity. But, the Bible doesn’t really mention pesticides. What is a Christian to do in a case like this? Is the use of pesticide a religious issue?
Some years ago I read a good book by Charles H. Cosgrove entitled Appealing to Scripture in Moral Debate. It’s a book I keep handy because it never fails to provide me with some helpful tools as I consider the ethical dilemmas I am faced with and how to use the Bible to assist me as I formulate and structure my own thinking. It’s a book that I often share with students who have similar concerns.
Cosgrove offers some simple rules that one can apply to such situations.
If you are thinking about some ethical dilemmas and you are looking for some summer reading, I would recommend taking a look at Appealing to Scripture in Moral Debate. I hope you’ll find it useful, and don’t forget to think about the bees!