All posts by Brewer Eberly

Brewer Eberly is finishing up his chief resident year in family medicine at AnMed Health in Anderson, SC. He is a fellow of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Fellowship at Duke Divinity School and the Paul Ramsey Institute with the Center for Bioethics and Culture. He has been published widely, most recently in CHEST. After graduation, he will practice medicine in Raleigh, NC, and re-join the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative at Duke, focusing on the relationship between beauty and medical ethics, the moral formation of medical trainees, and the nourishment of weary clinicians.

Closest to the Sun

Surely Michael Ward’s mind boiled and brightened in 2003 when he discovered that each of the seven books in C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia echo one of the seven spheres of the medieval solar system. The Lion, the...

/ April 26, 2022

A Conversation with Lydia Dugdale, MD: “The Lost Art of Dying”

How are we supposed to die? As a resident physician and fellow of Duke’s Theology, Medicine, & Culture Initiative, I’m convinced that this question will only become more pressing for Christians. Medicine is among the most powerful forces shaping how...

/ May 10, 2021

Pam Against Posturing: On the Michael Scott Theory of Social Class

Let me preface this by claiming that beauty forms the moral imagination. Aesthetics shape our ethics, in ways both problematic and promising. How does this relate to Michael Scott? Because few of my coworkers have been transformed by encounters with...

/ March 15, 2021

Medical (and Theological) Reasoning in a Pandemic

“a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;” Ecclesiastes 3:3 A Common Word Between Medicine and the Church My day begins at 5:30 am. Not a bad start....

/ April 13, 2020

Reforming Virtue Ethics

By Brewer Eberly and Brian Mesimer “What is the chief end of man?” Many Reformed evangelicals will recognize this as the opening question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Christians may be surprised to learn that it is the same question...

/ December 4, 2018

Movie Review: A Quiet Place

By Brewer Eberly It’s difficult to be silent about A Quiet Place—Paramount’s recent creature-feature directed by and starring John Krasinski (yes, Jim Halpert from The Office) and his wife, Emily Blunt (Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow, The Devil Wears Prada). A...

/ June 6, 2018

The Good, the True, and the Beautiful and the Oscars

By Brewer Eberly Carl R. Trueman recently offered yet another characteristically surgical takedown of contemporary culture over at First Things—this time biting into the Oscars and Western aesthetics. It is worth reading here.

/ March 15, 2018

Book Review: Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice by Willie Parker

By Brewer Eberly Is there a topic at the intersection of Christianity and medicine today more fraught than abortion? Opinions divide in the public square just as they do in the pew, at the bedside, and in the bedroom. Abortion...

/ February 16, 2018