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Special Issue: Disease Origins

Jun 17, 2017

The William Carey International Development Journal (WCIDJ) [www.wciujournal.org] is introducing a new sponsor, format, frequency, and editor. Beth Snodderly, editor for the Ralph D. Winter Research Center and a former president of William Carey International University, will serve as editor for WCIDJ under the umbrella of a newly-forming William Carey International Society.
Rather than quarterly or semi-annual issues, the journal will post articles and blogs as they become available on a variety of topics and issues related to international development.
We welcome submissions from reflective practioners working with inter-cultural and cross-cultural services and ministries who are addressing the roots of human problems or the multi-faceted challenges of the societies they serve.
Inquiries may be sent to beth.snodderly@wciu.edu. Respectful and thoughtful dialog is open to anyone through the comments sections on articles or blogs.

Contributors express their own opinions, not that of the William Carey International Society or of the William Carey International Development Journal.

The topic of Disease Origins is sponsored by the informal Institute for the Study of the Origins of Disease (ISOD). Members are interested in eradicable diseases such as malaria and polio, as well as the origins, causes, prevention, elimination of various types of cancer, genetic disorders, and mental health disorders, including autism.

We welcome respectful dialog focused on factual research from a variety of viewpoints. Our hope is to put researchers in dialog with one another to share perspectives from different disciplines with the goal of discovering the origins of persistent debilitating diseases and disorders. Knowing the origin will enable researchers to formulate effective treatment and prevention.

Contributors express their own opinions, not that of this Journal.


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Polio Global Eradication Initiative: Another Conversation with a Medical Doctor

Jun 24, 20170 comments

Medical Doctor: I’m curious whether or not the Polio Global Eradication Initiative is something ISOD would support/encourage: http://polioeradication.org/news-post/circulating-vaccine-derived-poliovirus-type-2-confirmed-in-syria/?utm_source=Global+Health+NOW+Main+List&utm_campaign=15d9ecdf55-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_06_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8d0d062dbd-15d9ecdf55-8946

Biblical Scholar: This is certainly an example of active efforts to finish the eradication of a particular disease by going after its origins. It also demonstrates the deviousness of an enemy’s work—strains of viruses mutating in order to avoid eradication. My biblical studies of the Johannine Epistles, which were written in the same tradition as the Gospel of John, have led me to apply to disease issues the position taken in 1 John 5:19, that “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” I believe the free will choices of both humans and fallen angels are responsible for diseases such as polio.

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