Christianity and Bioethics: Confronting Clinical Issues

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Medical technology and new treatments are being discovered and promoted at a much faster rate than our ability to reflect on their ethical, social, legal, and religious implications.

As a result people are often unprepared to answer the difficult questions that confront them today:

Is abortion ever justifiable?

If a loved one is suffering, can we take action that might relieve their suffering but will hasten their death?

Should doctors be allowed to help patients who wish to end their lives?

If a child is severely impaired, can we allow her to die rather than face a life of suffering?

Should we use genetic therapy to enhance the human race?

Should we seriously consider cloning human beings?

The way we answer these questions is indicative of who we are and what kind of world we want for ourselves and our children.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610973700
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/6/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,420,495
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9

1 Modern Medicine in a Moral Fog 13

What Is Causing the Moral Fog? 18

The Meaning and History of Bioethics 21

Moral Justification 24

Ethical Theories 28

Methods of Bioethics 48

2 The Second Civil War: Abortion 61

The Legal Situation 64

The Moral Arguments for and against Abortion 71

Scripture and Abortion 99

Conclusion 102

3 A Good Death: Euthanasia 109

Definitions and Distinctions 113

The Legal Status of Euthanasia 119

Moral Arguments concerning Active Euthanasia 123

Passive Euthanasia 133

Other Issues regarding End-of-Life Care 135

Conclusion 140

4 Death with Dignity: Physician-Assisted Suicide 147

Is Suicide Ever Justified? 151

What Is Physician-Assisted Suicide? 156

The Legal Status of Physician-Assisted Suicide 161

Moral Arguments for and against PAS 168

5 From Cradle to Coffin: Imperiled Newborns 191

A History of Imperiled Newborns 194

Moral Arguments concerning Imperiled Newborns 201

Passive Euthanasia and the Impaired Newborn 215

Anencephalics - A Special Case? 217

Conclusion 226

6 Made, Not Begotten: Genetic Ethics 233

Genetics 236

Genetic Screening 241

Genetic Intervention 258

Genetic Research and Experimentation 269

Glossary 289

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