Theological Bioethics: Participation, Justice, and Change / Edition 1

Theological Bioethics: Participation, Justice, and Change / Edition 1

by Lisa Sowle Cahill
     
 

ISBN-10: 1589010752

ISBN-13: 9781589010758

Pub. Date: 11/28/2005

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

As bioethics has evolved, those traditions whose thinkers had dominated the field in the last 1960s and early 1970s--progressive Catholics and Protestants and Jews--have struggled to be heard, and in some cases have been pushed to the edge of irrelevance. A seemingly neutral political liberalism, with its commitment to the free market and scientific progress, has…  See more details below

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As bioethics has evolved, those traditions whose thinkers had dominated the field in the last 1960s and early 1970s--progressive Catholics and Protestants and Jews--have struggled to be heard, and in some cases have been pushed to the edge of irrelevance. A seemingly neutral political liberalism, with its commitment to the free market and scientific progress, has pervaded the public sphere, creating a deep suspicion of those bringing religious values to bear on questions of public policy. Cahill wants to change that. As a theological ethicist and progressive Catholic she does not want to cede a "religious perspective" to evangelical Christians and the pro-life movement, nor does she want to submit to the gospel of political liberalism that pushes individual autonomy as holy writ. To this end she advocates a "participatory bioethics," that is, a call for progressive religious folk to reclaim the best of their traditions and engage political forces at the community and national level. What's the payoff? Cahill is clear: justice in access to health care must be the number one priority. But there is more. A participatory bioethics must go beyond decrying injustice, beyond a prophetic stance against commercialization, beyond painting a vision of a more egalitarian future. Participatory bioethics must also account for and take part in a global social network of mobilization for change. Participatory bioethics must seek out those in solidarity, those in common calling, who are working to create a more just social and political and economic system. This is a mature, sophisticated, and highly ambitious work that could change the fields of bioethics and theological ethics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589010758
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Series:
Moral Traditions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
287,830
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Theologians and Bioethics

2. Participatory Theological Bioethics in Action

3. Decline and Dying: Cultural and Theological Interpretations

4. Decline and Dying: Principles of Analysis and Practices of Solidarity

5. National and International Health Access Reform

6. Reproduction and Early Life

7. Biotechnology, Genes, and Justice

Final Reflections Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

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