Meilaender, Gilbert

Meilaender, Gilbert

Gilbert Meilaender holds the Phyllis & Richard Duesenberg Chair in Christian Ethics and is based in the Department of Theology at Valparaiso University.


Internet Resources


Moral Concepts

Oliver O'Donovan, The Problem of Self-Love in Augustine, Theology Today, July 1981.

James Q. Wilson, The Moral Sense, First Things, Nov 1993 ['The Origins of Morality']

Touched by the Eternal, Theology Today, Jan 1994.

Stephen L. Carter, Integrity, First Things, May 1996 ['Integral or Divided?]

Stanley Hauerwas, In Good Company: The Church as Polis, First Things, October1996 ['Keeping Company']

Richard Hays, The Moral Vision of the New Testament, First Things, Dec 1997 ['In His Steps'].

A Philosopher of Virtue, First Things, April 1998 [on Joseph Pieper]

J.B. Schneewind, The Invention of Autonomy: A History of Modern Moral Philosophy, First Things, Feb 1999 ['Man As Lucifer'].

David Baily Harned, Patience: How We Wait Upon the World, First Things, March 1999 ['The Slowness of the Good'].

The Promise of Lutheran Ethics, Dialog, Spring 1999 and Journal of Lutheran Ethics.

David Konstan, Friendship in the Classical World, First Things, May 1999 ['Who Is My Friend?'].

Thomas Nagel, The Last Word, First Things, June/July 1999 ['The (Very) Last Word'].

Alasdair MacIntyre, Dependent Rational Animals: Why Human Beings Need the Virtues and Knight (ed), The MacIntyre Reader, First Things, October 1999.

Divine Summons, Christian Century, Nov 2000.

Some Caveats About Character: A Response to Stephen Davis [PDF], A Conversation on the Liberal Arts, Westmont Institute for the Liberal Arts, Jan 2001. Paper responding to is here.

That Demon Love, Christian Century, January 2001

Between Beasts and God, First Things, January 2002

Why Remember?, First Things, August/Sept 2003.


Medical Ethics

Mastering Our Gen(i)es: When Do We Say No?, Christian Century, Oct 1990.

Always To Care, Never To Kill: A Declaration on Euthanasia, First Things, Feb 1992 [signatory of statement]

The Sanctity of Life Seduced: A Symposium on Medical Ethics [with Daniel Callahan], First Things, April 1994.

Dubose, Hamel & O'Connell (eds), A Matter of Principles? Ferment in US Bioethics, First Things, May 1994 ['The Conundrums of Bioethics']

Robert Nelson, On The New Frontiers of Genetic and Religion, First Things, Dec 1995 ['Not Much Help']

Second Thoughts About Body Parts, First Things, April 1996.

The America We Seek: A Statement of Pro-Life Principle and Concern, First Things, May 1996 [signatory of statement]

William F. May, Testing the Medical Covenant: Active Euthanasia and Health Care Reform, First Things, Nov 1996 ['Treating the Person']

Allen Verhey (ed), Religion and Medical Ethics: Looking Back, Looking Forward, First Things, Dec 1996 ['Religion in a Public Voice']

Begotten, Not Made, Remarks on Human Cloning to National Bioethics Advisory Commission, March 1997

Begetting and Cloning, First Things, June/July 1997.

Affirming Ourselves To Death, First Things, June/July 1998.

The Drive To Have a Child "Like Me", Dignity, Fall 1998

R. Cole-Turner, Human Cloning: Religious Responses, First Things, Oct 1998 ['Shall We Clone?'].

'Strip-mining' the Dead: When human organs are for sale, National Review, October 1999.

Death: Enemy or Friend?, Calvin College Lecture, Jan 2000, [RAM audio]

H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., The Foundations of Christian Bioethics, First Things, November 2000 ['A Texian-Constantinopolitan Bioethic']

Designing our Descendants, First Things, January 2001

The Point of A Ban: Or, How To Think About Stem Cell Research, Hastings Center Report, Jan/Feb 2001.

In Search of Wisdom: Bioethics and the Character of Life, Paper for the President's Council on Bioethics, presented Jan 2002.

Human Cloning & Human Dignity, July 2002, [Report of The President's Council of Bioethics on which Meilaender serves] including Meilaender's Personal Statement

Stem Cells and Clones: Theological Perspectives on Biomedical Research, Q&A Discussion on panel at University of Chicago Divinity School, Nov 2002.

Arguing Honestly About Stem Cells, Chicago Tribune, June 2003.

Beyond Therapy: Biotechnology and The Pursuit of Happiness, Oct 2003 [President's Council]

Monitoring Stem Cell Research, Jan 2004 [President's Council]

Sexual Ethics

Men and Women - Can We Be Friends?, First Things, June/July 1993

The Homosexual Movement: A Response by the Ramsey Colloquium, First Things, March 1994 [signatory]

On Bringing One's Life To A Point, First Things, Nov 1994.

David Blankenhorn, Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem, First Things, June/July 1995 ['The Eclipse of Fatherhood']

Gays Marrying, First Things, May 1998. Correspondence following.

Contraception: A Symposium, First Things, December 1998 [with Philip Turner]

Andrew Sullivan, Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex and Survival, Commonweal, March 1999.

Wendy Shalit, A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue, Christian Century, March 1999. ['A New Sexual Revolution: The Case For Modesty']

The First of Institutions [PDF, pp41-43 with alternative view by Jersild], Talking Together As Christians About Homosexuality, ELCA guide, 1999.

Eugene Rogers, Sexuality and the Christian Body, First Things, April 2000 ['What Sex Is - And Is For']; Correspondence

Love Abides, Christian Century, Oct 2000

The Mess That Is Marriage, First Things, Feb 2002


Political/Social Ethics

Jesus Through the Eyes of John Rawls, First Things, April 1993

Ronald Beiner (ed), Theorizing Citizenship, First Things, Jan 1996. ['Belonging']

Oliver O'Donovan, The Desire of the Nations, First Things, November 1997 ['Recovering Christendom']

Norvene Vest, Friend of the Soul: A Benedictine Spirituality of Work, First Things, Jan 1998 ['Meaningful Work'].

Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars (1977), First Things, March 2000.

Faith Positions & The Death Penalty, Pew Conference, Jan 2002 [transcript of talks and of panel discussion/Q&A]

War and Techne, The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology and Society, Summer 2003.

After September 11th, Christian Century, Sept 2001

Capital and Other Punishments, First Things, November 2001



Psychoanalyzing C.S. Lewis, Christian Century, May 1990.

Shel Siverstein, The Giving Tree, First Things, Jan 1995.

William J, Placher, Narratives of a Vulnerable God: Christ, Theology and Scripture, First Things, Oct 1995. ['Victim and Victor']

Defending Diversity, First Things, Nov 1995

Creatures of Place and Time: Reflections on Moving, First Things, April 1997.

The Everyday C.S. Lewis, First Things, August/Sept 1998.

William Bennett, Choosing the Right College: The Whole Truth About America's Top 100 Schools, First Things, Jan 1999 ['So You Want To Go To College'].

John Lawlor, C.S. Lewis: Memories and Reflections, First Things, Aug/Sept 1999 ['Lewis Remembered'].

Vocation: Divine Summons, Christian Century, Nov 2000

Wesley Kort, C.S. Lewis: Then and Now, Christian Century, April 2002.

Interfaith 'Prayer': What Is It And Should We Do It?, Christian Century, Nov 2002..

Set of letters from Adoptive Father to Adopted Son, Christian Century, 2003, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.


To Be Drawn Out Of Ourselves Toward God, Religion and Liberty, Jan/Feb 2001 [Interview with Meilaender]

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