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Dónal O'Mathúna

Hello! My name is Dónal O'Mathúna. Those accents got there because I'm from Ireland. Labhraim Gaeilge, ach ní faighim mórán cleachtadh anseo. I came to the United States in 1982 after finishing a degree in pharmacy at Trinity College, Dublin. While in graduate school at The Ohio State University, I ran into some people who attended Xenos Christian Fellowship. As you might imagine, being a graduate student in the hard sciences, I had a lot of questions about Christianity. However, God used those guys, and a lot of investigation into the claims of the Bible, to lead me into a personal relationship with him.

I graduated in 1988 with my PhD in natural products (a.k.a. medicinal) chemistry. I also developed an interest in medical ethics, and received an MA in theology, focusing on medical ethics, from Ashland Theological Seminary in 1994. I'm now Professor of Bioethics & of Chemistry at Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio. I've written and spoken on a number of issues in medical ethics, especially on alternative medicine, assisted suicide, and genetics. Check out my list of publications, and from there you can get copies of some of my papers. I strive to apply the Bible faithfully to these issues, as a result of which I was named a Fellow of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Chicago, a Christian bioethics center.

I'm still very active at Xenos, where I met my wife, Cheri. We've been blessed with three wonderful children. Catrina was born in 1990, Conor in 1993, and Peter in 1996. Cheri and I serve together at Xenos through the Reach ministry and Conversation & Cuisine. Cheri also serves in the Oasis program, and I'm involved in the Crossroads Project and have taught courses on "Science and Christianity" and "Medical Ethics."

I hope you have time to browse some of my writings. I'd love to hear from you about any of them, so don't hesitate to send me a message. I do some speaking on these issues. Contact me for more information if you're interested in that.


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