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The Brain Death Fallacy - October 16 2023

Dr. Heidi Klessig

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In 1968, a committee at Harvard Medical School redefined comatose people on a ventilator as dead. This redefinition of death was introduced in 1981 as a model law referred to as the Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA). Now, “brain death” has become codified as a law that defines death in the United States. However, is brain death death?


Dr. Heidi Klessig traces the history of the diagnosis from its beginnings to the passage of the UDDA and more recent attempts to loosen the law further. For the most part, the public is unaware of this ongoing debate, but it impacts them directly after a loved one has a head injury and requires a ventilator. This book is built on the clinical work and academic research of medical doctors, philosophers, and scholars who do not accept the UDDA definition of brain death as death and are experts in this field of study.

Christopher W. Bogosh RN-BC

Life is a narrative built on history and rooted in guiding authorities—it’s a story. In 1968 doctors at Harvard Medical School took the first step to redefine death, not based on the biological facts of life, but on a narrative that would permit the harvesting of organs from people in a coma with objective signs of life. In 1981 the new story was codified as federal law in the Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA). Christians who believe life starts at conception are often unaware of how the modern account of death undermines their pro-life convictions and the Creator's story revealed in the Old and New Testaments.

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Harvesting Organs & Cherishing Life: What Christians Need to Know About Organ Donation and Procurement– June 8, 2021

Christopher W. Bogosh RN-BC
Heidi T. Klessig MD

The authors of Harvesting Organs & Cherishing Life do not oppose organ donation and transplants; instead, they propose a view that does not violate the Law of God. Their abundant and verifiable examples of the dark side of organ harvesting will be repulsive, even horrifying to some. Their explanation of human death not only corrects the modern brain death error but exalts the victory of Jesus Christ over death. You cannot read this book and remain indifferent to the authors’ arguments. --Jeff Pollard General Editor of Free Grace Broadcaster and Pastor of Mt. Zion Bible Church


Dying and Death: Getting Rightly Prepared for the Inevitable – October 15, 2018

Joel R. Beeke PhD
Christopher W. Bogosh RN-BC

Can any good come from thinking about death? Our natural tendency is to answer that question no! But what if our meditation on death was informed by a theological understanding of death, a recognition of the comfort Jesus's death affords Christians, and ethical guidance for dealing with death in these complicated days of modern medical developments? Rather than being morbidly unhelpful, authors Joel R. Beeke and Christopher W. Bogosh contend that meditating on dying and death can be profitable, even necessary, for us. Are you prepared to say that your death will be "gain" (Phil. 1:21)?


Modern Medicine's Definition of Death: Ethical Implications for Christians – April 20, 2017

Christopher W. Bogosh RN-BC

Do you believe you have a soul? Do you believe life begins at conception? Do you believe a person with a beating heart is alive? Do you believe in a line separating life from death? In 1980, modern medicine cast a shadow of doubt on all these questions by establishing a new standard to define death, one commonly referred to as brain death, which now has legal status in the United States. Modern Medicine’s Definition of Death shows how this redefinition evolved in the West, its inherent inconsistencies, and the challenges it poses to Christians; and then it moves on to present a Christ-centered, traditional, and biblical approach to encourage Christians to bold belief and faithful practice, whether “in life or death.”


Use It or Lose It: Strategies to Prevent Dementia – April 18, 2015

Christopher W. Bogosh RN-BC

The Alzheimer's Association recently reported that over 5 million people have dementia in America. Each year, physicians diagnose about 500,000 new cases. As rates climb for dementia, researchers have broadened their sights from finding a cure to trying to prevent it. Use It or Lose It: Strategies to Prevent Dementia considers this research, and it presents two life-transforming strategies to prevent dementia before it happens.


Going to Jesus: What to Expect when Facing Death – August 5, 2014

Christopher W. Bogosh RN-BC

In Going to Jesus, author, nurse, and minister, Christopher Bogosh, applies his pastoral knowledge and hospice experience to guide, comfort, and counsel those facing death. Filled with practical advice and straight answers about death and dying, Going to Jesus is a necessary read for patients and caregivers alike.


Biblical Medicine: Developing a Christian Worldview for Medical Science – June 12, 2014

Christopher W. Bogosh RN-BC

In Compassionate Jesus, Christopher Bogosh showed us how to rethink our approach to modern medicine. Now, he takes the next step and develops a Christian worldview for medical science. Biblical Medicine exposes the underlying assumptions governing modern healthcare, it dismantles them, and then it moves on to show how the timeless message of Holy Scripture is sufficient for medical science today. This book is must read for Christian high school and undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare.


Compassionate Jesus: Rethinking the Christian's Approach to Modern Medicine – June 26, 2013

Christopher W. Bogosh RN-BC

In an age of scientific advancement and specialization, many Christians turn to medical professionals to direct them in stewardship of their bodies. While in many ways the advancements of medical science are a blessing, they are also largely driven by a secular mindset that, though it appears compassionate and to proclaim hope, is actually often subversive of genuine compassion and our hope in Christ. In Compassionate Jesus, Christopher Bogosh calls Christians to examine the pervasive prolong life at all costs mentality against biblical principles of care and compassion that are rooted in Christ. This is a call to enter into medical situations trusting in God's sovereign care and the power of prayer. It is hoped that this book will begin a long-needed discussion among Christians about how we relate to modern medicine, encouraging us to allow the gospel to inform the way we engage the healthcare system.


Healing Hope: Restoring the Superiority of the Christian Hope – March 2, 2014

Christopher W. Bogosh RN-BC

Over the past fifty years, modern medicine has taken significant steps toward developing its own elaborate hope. Prochoice, self-determination, and mastering one's fate describes the agenda behind modern medical hope. Of course, such a view challenges Jesus' message of hope and his promise of healing. Healing Hope: Restoring the Superiority of the Christian Hope gets back to the basics of hope to investigate what hope is, why we have it, where it comes from, and it concludes by asserting the supremacy of the Christian hope over against the self-serving, limited, and short-sighted hope of modern medicine.


The Golden Years: Healthy Aging and the Older Adult – May 19, 2013

Christopher W. Bogosh RN-BC

The Golden Years: Healthy Aging and the Older Adult is dedicated to older adults, adult children, family members, and caregivers—anyone involved with people over sixty-five. Written at a time with dramatic changes in Medicare, The Golden Years will help people gain a better understanding of aging, good health practices, preventive medicine, common problems associated with aging, and chronic conditions experienced by older adults.


The Puritans on How to Care for the Sick and Dying: A Contemporary Guide for Pastors and Counselors – November 3, 2011

Christopher W. Bogosh RN-BC

The church needs pastors and counselors who will boldly take up the mantle of the Puritan fathers as doctors of souls. In a day when modern medicine and a spirit of self-reliance tempt Christians to try to “beat” death at all costs, Jesus remains the true victor over sin and death. Those who claim his victory by placing their faith entirely in him will one day see him face to face in glorified bodies, free from suffering and sin. Unlike a medical doctor, a doctor of souls holds out hope in the person and promises of Christ—the only true hope that will never disappoint and that leads to eternal healing and everlasting life


The Physiology of Hope – April 2, 2009

Christopher W. Bogosh RN-BC

Advances in medical science have led to longer, more productive lives. Deadly diseases that once ravaged entire populations have largely disappeared from the earth. There seems to be no end to the possibilities of modern medicine. Yet medicine offers only a limited hope of longer life; it cannot offer the hope of eternal life. It holds out the hope of less pain and suffering, but it cannot eliminate either. The mortality rate for humanity is still 100 percent. At some point we all must face death. Is there hope beyond what our medical science offers? This timely book by a healthcare professional and pastor presents a clear biblical perspective on hope in the face of death. The Physiology of Hope explains what hope is, where it comes from, and how it functions, and it looks not just at how people persevere in the face of death; it looks at how people who persevere live. And, above all, The Physiology of Hope points us to the God of all hope.

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