Bioethics: A Christian Approach in a Pluralistic Age

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1999 - Medical - 326 pages
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This new series of books brings thoughtful, biblically informed perspectives to contemporary issues in bioethics. Whether exploring abortion, assisted suicide, genetic engineering, or other controversial issues in bioethics, these volumes provide principled discussion of the ethical implications of today's medical and scientific breakthroughs. Extremely useful to students, scholars, and general readers alike, these volumes are ideal for classroom use -- in nontheological as well as theological settings.

This excellent text offers a broad-based introduction to the field of bioethics. Scott Rae and Paul Cox provide an assessment of various secular approaches to bioethics that are particularly influential today, and develop a framework for a Christian approach meant to assist people in addressing the many pressing issues in the field.

Though touching on the numerous debated issues in bioethics, the authors are primarily concerned here to give an account of the central theological notions crucial to an informed Christian perspective on bioethics. Their work makes a stimulating and substantial contribution to a Christian bioethic that can effectively engage the pluralistic culture in which health care is practiced today.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
INFLUENTIAL APPROACHES TO BIOETHICS
7
Religious Approaches to Bioethics
9
Secular Approaches to Bioethics
54
PILLARS OF A CHRISTIAN APPROACH
89
Medical Technology in Theological Perspective
91
The Image of God and the Sacredness of Human Life
128
The Personhood of the Patient
157
Death as a Conquered Enemy
217
Distributive Justice and Health Care Delivery
253
EMPLOYING A CHRISTIAN APPROACH
277
Christian Bioethics in a Secular Culture
279
A Model for Bioethical Decision Making
295
Conclusion
316
Index
319
Copyright

Autonomy and the Common Good
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Scott B. Rae (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is professor of biblical studies and Christian ethics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He is also the author of Embryo Research and Experimentation (Crossroads) and Brave New Families: Biblical Ethics and Reproductive Technologies (Baker).

Paul Cox has illustrated numerous books for children and adults, and his drawings have been published in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and other periodicals. He lives in Sussex, England.

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