Handbook of Bioethics and Religion

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What role should religion play in a religiously pluralistic liberal society? Public bioethics unavoidably raises this question in a particularly insistent fashion. Nowhere else in the public realm do the fundamental religious questions about the meaning and nature of life arise in a context where resort to a political answer is the norm. Many people continue to insist that the Constitution precludes religious participation in the political process, while others insist that by denying a role to religion we fundamentally discriminate against people of faith. As the twenty papers in this collection demonstrate, the issues are complex and multifaceted. The authors address such specific and highly contested issues as assisted suicide, stem cell research, cloning, reproductive health, and alternative medicine as well as more general questions such as who legitimately speaks for religion in public bioethics, what religion can add to our understanding of justice, and the value of faith-based contributions to healthcare. Christian (Catholic and Protestant), Jewish, Islamic, and Buddhist viewpoints are represented. The first book to focus on the interface of religion and bioethics, this collection fills a significant void in the literature. The book begins with historical and overview essays that remind us that religion has played an important role in bioethics from the inception of the field. The book then explores the role of religion in the formation of public policy using techniques drawn from sociology, critical studies, philosophy, religious studies, provide nuanced analysis of the ever-present reality of religion. Religion and Bioethics questions the distinction between public policy bioethics and clinical care, recognizing the close interconnection between the two. Contributors offer insight on how religion shapes questions of justice in patient care and the ethical tools provided by Islam, Buddhism and Evangelical Christianity that

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195178739
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/2006
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : laying some of the groundwork 3
1 A history of religion and bioethics 23
2 Theology's role in public bioethics 37
3 Who legitimately speaks for religion in public bioethics? 61
4 Bioethics, religion, and linguistic capital 81
5 And power corrupts ... : religion and the disciplinary matrix of bioethics 93
6 Religion, public reason, and embryonic stem cell research 129
7 "These and those are the words of the living God" : Talmudic sound and fury in shaping national policy 143
8 Public discourse and reasonable pluralism : rethinking the requirements of neutrality 169
9 Law and bioethics in Rodriguez v. Canada 199
10 The NBAC report on cloning : a case study in religion, public policy, and bioethics 221
11 Philosophy, theology, and the claims of justice 253
12 "No harm, no harassment" : major principles of health care ethics in Islam 265
13 Ethics of ambiguity : a Buddhist reflection on the Japanese organ transplant law 291
14 "On one path or the other" : cloning, religion, and the making of U.S. biopolicy 305
15 Apples and oranges : a critique of current trends in the study of religion, spirituality, and health 333
16 The heart of the matter : religion and spirituality at the end of life 345
17 Bioethical entanglements of race, religion, and AIDS 363
18 The delivery of controversial services : reproductive health and ethical and religious directives 385
19 Catholic health care in the public square : tension on the frontier 403
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