Bioethics / Edition 1

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The authors assess various secular approaches to bioethics that are particularly influential today and develop a framework for a Christian approach to assist people in addressing the many pressing issues in the field. Throughout, the authors touch on the numerous debated issues in bioethics though they are primarily concerned to give an account of the central theological notions crucial to an informed Christian perspective on bioethics.
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Editorial Reviews

Christianity Today
Bioethics...builds a solid foundation upon which Christians can reliably stand while puzzling out the sometimes dizzying complexities of the new biotechnology..... Rae and Cox have done impressive work in showing that the biblical worldview can cogently speak to even the laboratories and operating rooms of the 21st century.
Expository Times
Warmly recommended as an excellent and readable contribution to the ongoing debate on the place of religion in current bioethics.
Catholic Library World
Given the pluralistic world in which decisions must be made, this book offers to a Christian practitioner, client or family member reminders of the religious bases for thinking and deciding. The authors' documentation as well as their systematic approach to ethical decision-making provides a guide that is not only useful but also grounded in belief.
Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith
This is a solid attempt to write an unabashedly Christian medical ethics text, one that is scholarly and presents other points of view. Would that secular thinkers presented Christian views of medical ethics as well as Rae and Cox present the secular.
Journal of Christian Nursing
Bioethics is well researched and provides excellent footnoting for those desiring to do further study on the issues or perspectives.... The book is a good resource for anyone in the health care arena who desires to strengthen their knowledge of bioethical issues and become equipped to articulate a Christian perspective on them in our pluralistic world.
Issues in Law & Medicine
Valuable to medical practitioners, teachers, students, and general readers, this volume makes a stimulating and substantial contribution to a Christian bioethics that can effectively engage the pluralistic culture in which health care is now practiced.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802845955
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/15/1999
  • Series: Critical Issues in Bioethics Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 0.76 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editors' Foreword
Introduction 1
Pt. I Influential Approaches to Bioethics 7
1 Religious Approaches to Bioethics 9
2 Secular Approaches to Bioethics 54
Pt. II Pillars of a Christian Approach 89
3 Medical Technology in Theological Perspective 91
4 The Image of God and the Sacredness of Human Life 128
5 The Personhood of the Patient 157
6 Autonomy and the Common Good 194
7 Death as a Conquered Enemy 217
8 Distributive Justice and Health Care Delivery 253
Pt. III Employing a Christian Approach 277
9 Christian Bioethics in a Secular Culture 279
10 A Model for Bioethical Decision Making 295
Conclusion 316
Index 319
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