Christian Theology and Medical Ethics

Christian Theology and Medical Ethics : Four Contemporary Approaches

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Contemporary discourse in biomedical ethics has been greatly shaped, sustained and enriched through the insights and perspectives offered by its theologian-contributors. This volume examines the work of four Christian theologians who have significantly influenced the field of bioethics in the U.S.: Richard McCormick, SJ; Paul Ramsey; Stanley Hauerwas; and James M. Gustafson. Each theorist's writings are explored in turn, in order to elucidate, compare and contrast their foundational theological premises, their particular approaches to moral reasoning, and their considered responses to selected medico-moral issues. The final chapter reflects some of the author's own critical responses in dialogue with the study's four subjects, and offers general suggestions about the moral perspective afforded by Christian theology.
This volume should be of interest both to those seeking a fuller understanding of contemporary discussions in bioethics and to those studying Christian ethics in the modern era.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 11.68mm | 386g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 1996
  • X, 208 p.
  • 9048146011
  • 9789048146017

Table of contents

1. Introduction and Overview. 2. Ordered Values and Proportionate Reasons; R. McCormick. 3. Agape, `Covenant Fidelity', and Moral Rules; P. Ramsey. 4. Character, Vision, and Narrative in Moral Life; S. Hauerwas. 5. Piety and the Ethics of Theocentric Discernment; J. Gustafson. 6. Some Reflection and Suggestions. Index.
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