Introduction To Jewish And Catholic Bioethics / Edition 1by Aaron L. Mackler
Pub. Date: 10/27/2003
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
The title says it all: this is an introduction to how two religious traditions approach bioethics, emphasizing their common ground and their differences on a wide variety of issues. Mackler begins with a discussion of the central values of Judaism and Catholicism, noting how these two draw on scripture and tradition and historical teachings to inform their understandings of morality and ethics. While both traditions are monotheistic they are not monolithic; Mackler spells out how Orthodox, Conservative, and Reformed Jewish approaches differ, and how the Catholic magisterium is sometimes challenged by Catholic bioethicists (such as G'town authors Richard McCormick and Charles Curran).
After clarifying these positions Mackler turns to five critical concerns in bioethics, and discusses how Jewish and Catholic traditions respond: euthanasia and assisted suicide; treatment decisions near the end of life; abortion; in vitro fertilization; and access to health care and rationing.
Ideal for student use at the undergrad, seminary, and graduate level, and also of interest to clergy in both traditions.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Methodology in Roman Catholic Moral Theology
2. Methodology in Jewish Ethics
3. Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
4. Treatment Decisions Near the End of Life
6. In Vitro Fertilization
7. Access to Health Care and Rationing
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'The Roman Catholic and Jewish traditions in medical ethics are centuries old but still influential with millions of patients, health professionals, and the public. Anyone hoping to understand the spectrum of bioethical opinions today will want to read this superb, well-written, and accurate summary of the similarities and differences in both traditions. Highly recommended to scholars, health professionals, policymakers, and bioethicists.' -Edmund D. Pellegrino, professor emeritus of medicine and medical ethics, Georgetown University 'In this important book, Mackler provides a nuanced comparison of Jewish and Roman Catholic bioethics in their respective moral methods and their discussions of five specific topics. Mackler's mastery of the literature from both traditions is obvious, and his conclusions are balanced. He compellingly traces the rich common ground of values that the traditions share, as well as ways that their characteristic differences may be mutually instructive.' -Andrew Lustig, department of religious studies, Rice University 'Aaron Mackler is one of the most thoughtful and thorough scholars of the field of Jewish bioethics, and this book is in a sense a continuation of a dialogue both historical and central to religious ethics, the interlocution between Jewish and Catholic interpretive communities, as both struggle with the emerging dilemmas of contemporary medicine.' -Laurie Zoloth, professor of medical ethics and humanities, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University