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
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
& 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.