Ethical Dilemmas: Crises in Faith and Modern Medicine

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This book presents five controversial issues that stir conflicts about moral decisions in our time. John Chirban draws upon resources of specific faith traditions. He provides case discussion and considers numerous interdisciplinary perspectives, arguing an interdependent approach for addressing these current ethical issues. Contents: I. BIOETHICS: The Ethical Challenges of Science and Faith, Martin Marty; II. EUTHANASIA: Changing Conceptions of a Good Death, William F. May; Euthanasia and Care for the Dying in the Orthodox Tradition, Vigen Guroian; To Ease the Dying Process, John Breck; Euthanasia: The Medical Encounter and Faith, John Demakis; III. DECISIONS NEAR THE END OF LIFE: A Living Will and a Christian Death, Monk Ioannikios, Maurice Sill, John Demakis, John Johnstone, and Dennis Kriegel; IV. GENETIC ENGINEERING: Ethics and Genetic Engineering, Demetrios Demopulos; An Orthodox Christian Perspective on Organ Transplantation, Frank Papatheofani; Psychological and Spiritual Perspectives on Organ Donation, Sharon Chirban; V. SUBSTANCE ABUSE: Drugs and the Family, John T. Chirban; Taking Responsibility for Evil: Addiction and Usury in Light of Repentance, James R. Campbell; Towards a Recovery-Oriented Church, Lyn Breck.

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Religious Studies Review
A strength of the volume lies in the way that several authors seek self-consciously to address the longing on the part of many persons for a world of meaning in which a good death, as well as a good life, is at least a conceptual possibility.
Providing a holistic approach to problems in medical ethics, this volume presents five controversial issues that stir moral conflicts: bioethics, euthanasia, decisions near death, bio-engineering and genetic engineering, and substance abuse. These topics are examined from the perspectives of physicians, mental health professionals, and theologians who presented their views at the Sixth National conference of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion. Paper edition (unseen), $28.50. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819193377
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 12/22/1993
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John T. Chirban is Professor of Psychology at Hellenic College-Holy Cross and an Advanced Post-Doctoral Fellow in Behavioral Medicine at Harvard Medical School at the Cambridge Hospital.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Bioethics 3
The Ethical Challenges of Science and Faith 5
Pt. II Euthanasia 17
Changing Conceptions of a Good Death: Its Bearing on the Physician's Words and Deeds 19
Euthanasia and Care for the Dying in the Orthodox Tradition 35
To Ease the Dying Process 49
Euthanasia: The Medical Encounter and Faith 59
Pt. III Decisions Near the End of Life 71
A Living Will and a Christian Death 73
Pt. IV Genetic Engineering 89
Ethics and Genetic Engineering 91
An Orthodox Christian Perspective On Organ Transplantation 101
Psychological and Spiritual Perspectives on Organ Donation 113
Pt. V Substance Abuse 125
Drugs and the Family 127
Taking Responsibility for Evil: Addiction and Usury in Light of Repentance 137
Towards a Recovery-Oriented Church 153
About the Editor 161
Contributors 163
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