Counseling Pregnancy, Politics, and Biomedicine: Empowering Discernment

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Examine the impact and importance reproduction and genetics have on religious values.

Counseling Pregnancy, Politics, and Biomedicine: Empowering Discernment explains the mystery of the God-human relationship so ministers, priests, and pastors can follow the ethics and mechanics of counseling human reproductive health and be informed on issues of religion, medical experimentation, and politics. The unique book is a teaching text and a desktop reference for clergypersons and pastoral care ministers, providing them with information on the sensitive and intimate topic of reproductive health from a Christian worldview so they can advise and empower congregation members to make thoughtful decisions about health care.

Counseling Pregnancy, Politics, and Biomedicine examines four disciplines through a Christian point of view: 1) religion based on humanity created in the image of God; 2) different varieties of ethics; 3) systems of law and politics; and 4) philosophies on experimental medicines. Each topic is grounded with its religious background, providing a practical, easy-to-follow path for Christian thinkers. The book also addresses the concerns a religious person might have about health and ministry, what genetic therapy can accomplish, the alternatives to genetic therapy, and how theology, ethics, law, and medicine apply to the issues expectant mothers face.

Counseling Pregnancy, Politics, and Biomedicine examines:

• the major points in recognized ethical theories
• how Christian principles became part of secular law over time
• the legal dilemmas involved in protecting the health of pregnant women
• how and why palliative care is a viable alternative to modern therapies
• the politics and morality of terminating a pregnancy
• how to protect women from becoming research "instruments"
• the moral status of the embryo
• and much more

Counseling Pregnancy, Politics, and Biomedicine explains God’s desire for good health by identifying ways in which Jesus is the example of what it means for every person to be "created in the image of God." The book is a vital resource for clergypersons and pastoral care ministers.

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What People Are Saying

Frederick Borsch
A BOLD AND INFORMATIVE STUDY. . . .Both ambitious and compassionate in its effort to bring together insights from theology and biology to inform those who wish to think hard and holistically about decisions that affect the well being of individuals as well as our common life. . . . Not afraid to enter into the thicket where scientific fact, medical technology, various legal codes and interpretations, values, conscience and politics tangle around some of the most difficult issues of our time. . . . Emerges with her conviction that valuing every human life as born in the image of God will be the best guide. . . . Will be helpful to all who want better to understand this perspective, not least those engaged in pastoral ministry and care and who seek to be informed guides to others on these often life and death matters. (The Rt. Rev. Frederick Borsch, PhD, Professor of New Testament, Chair of Anglican Studies, Lutheran Theological Seminary At Philadelphia)
Derek H. Davis
AN IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION to a field that is moving ahead more rapidly than anyone can keep pace with. The decisions now being made will affect generations to come. Well informed outlooks like this one that examine historically and philosophically our lives as human beings and give a place at the decision-making table to all institutions that care most about human life and its future are much needed today but almost nonexistent. . . . An important work that we desperately need at this critical moment in history and which DESERVES A WIDE AUDIENCE. (Derek H. Davis, JD, PhD; Dean, College of Humanities; Interim Dean, Graduate Programs and Research; University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; Belton, Texas )
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789030443
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Goals of the Book
A Formula That Listens and Teaches: Placing Definitions and Theses into Narrative Format
What to Expect Under Each Heading
Chapter 1. Humankind Created in the Image of God, Imago Dei: The Passion and Politics of Human Biology
Navigating Dichotomies: Religion, Science, and a Christocentric Faith
The Christological and Ethical Origins Inherited by Humanity
Jesus: The Incarnate Word with Human Attributes
Theobiogenesis: God’s Transformation of Human Biology
Human Wholeness
Chapter 2. Ethics: Has Morality Become a Maze or a Prism?
Introduction: Entering the Reconstruction Zone
Locating a Meaningful Starting Place: Definition and Goals
Stepping Stones in Civilization: Virtue Ethics, Natural Law, Kant, and Utilitarianism
Modern Ethics: Principle-Based Ethics, Womanist Ethics, and Mesoethics
Concluding Remarks
Chapter 3. What Politics? Which Legal System?
Introducing the Systems of Law
Religious Law: A "Living" Standard
Codified Law Enumerates Rights and Responsibilities
Common Law: The Law Where People Live from Day to Day
Modes of Legal Interpretation and Converging Systems
Reconstructing Law to Fit Biomedicine
The International Legal Architecture for Biomedicine
Today’s International Legal Basket for Bioethics: A Whole New Field
Chapter 4. Medical Experimentation and Reproduction
Meanings of Health and Disease
Traditional Medicine
The Philosophy of Holocaust Medicine
Reproductive and Genetic Medicine
Palliative Care: Caring for Patients with a Terminal Illness
"The Aim of Medicine Is Health . . .": Does Medical Science Meet Its Goal?
Chapter 5. Issues Faced by the Expectant Mother
The Expectant Mother: Advancing Self-Determination
Educating and Counseling Maternity in a Medicalized Setting
Abortion and the U.S. Constitution
Motivating Ethics vis-à-vis Legislating Procreative Technology
Chapter 6. The Moral Status of the Embryo
Reflections on the Status of the Fetus
Ethical Reflections on the Morality of Using a Fetus for Human Health
Zygote Research
Summoning Ethical Principles into Legal Perspectives
What Science Cannot Know
Appendix. Legal Documents and Cases
Government Documents
National Documents
States Supreme Court Cases
Lower Court Cases
Sources Consulted
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