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Bioethics

A Primer for Christians

Author(s): Gilbert Meilaender

ISBN13: 9780802867704

ISBN10: 0802867707

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing (31 Jan 2013)

Extent: 144 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 20.2 x 1.3 x 14 cm

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  • In language that is theologically informed, straightforward, and clear Bioethics discusses a wide range of pressing bioethical issues, including assisted reproduction, abortion, care for the dying, euthanasia, human experimentation, embryo research, and more.


    This third edition of Gilbert Meilaender's primer in Christian bioethics retains the basic structure of the first two editions while updating information throughout. New to the third edition is a discussion of the need to protect Christian conscience in the practice of medicine. Bioethics continues to provide a much-needed discussion of how Christian vision and central Christian beliefs can shape our thinking about key issues in bioethics. It offers a perspective from which we can appreciate both the blessings and the limits of modern medicine.

     

    Table of Contents

     

    Preface to the Third Edition viii
    Preface to the Second Edition ix
    Introduction: An Approach to Bioethics xi
    1 Christian Vision 1
    2 Procreation versus Reproduction 10
    3 Abortion 26
    4 Genetic Advance 39
    5 Prenatal Screening 50
    6 Suicide and Euthanasia 57
    7 Refusing Treatment 68
    8 Who Decides? 79
    9 Gifts of the Body: Organ Donation 89
    10 Gifts of the Body: Human Experimentation 106
    11 Embryos: The Smallest of Research Subjects 116
    12 Sickness and Health 127
    Index 132

  • Gilbert Meilaender



    Gilbert Meilaender is Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Professor of Christian Ethics at Valparaiso University in Indiana and a member of the President's Council on Bioethics. His many other books include Faith and Faithfulness: Basic Themes in Christian Ethics; Body, Soul, and Bioethics; and Things That Count: Essays Moral and Theological.


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    The Christian who simply wants to get a reliable handle on bioethics will find nothing better than this splendid little book. . . . It is seldom, and therefore all the more welcome, that one who is a master of his field takes the time to walk the nonspecialist through it. Meilaender does that without a hint of condescension, and with an easy style that will engage those who might otherwise be intimidated by his expertise. Highly recommended.
     - First Things

    A thoughtful introduction to the ethical questions surrounding medical issues at the nexus of life and death.
     - Publishers Weekly

    Meilaender gives his reasoning, carefully worked out from Christian writings, for each of his major conclusions. . . . Concise and definite, his primer does its duty well.
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    This pithy little book offers a vision and wisdom rarely found in volumes many times its size.
     - Journal of Christian Nursing



  • Table of Contents Preface to the Third Edition viii Preface to the Second Edition ix Introduction: An Approach to Bioethics xi 1 Christian Vision 1 2 Procreation versus Reproduction 10 3 Abortion 26 4 Genetic Advance 39 5 Prenatal Screening 50 6 Suicide and Euthanasia 57 7 Refusing Treatment 68 8 Who Decides? 79 9 Gifts of the Body: Organ Donation 89 10 Gifts of the Body: Human Experimentation 106 11 Embryos: The Smallest of Research Subjects 116 12 Sickness and Health 127 Index 132
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Bioethics