Theology and Bioethics

Exploring the Foundations and Frontiers

  • Earl E. Shelp

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Theology, Science, and Bioethics

  3. Foundations and Frontiers in Religious Bioethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Richard A. McCormick
      Pages 95-113
    3. Margaret A. Farley
      Pages 163-185
    4. Mark Juergensmeyer
      Pages 187-201
  4. Religious Reasoning about Bioethics and Medical Practice

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 309-315

About this book


We who live in this post-modern late twentieth century culture are still children of dualism. For a variety of rather complex reasons we continue to split apart and treat as radical opposites body and spirit, medicine and religion, sacred and secular, private and public, love and justice, men and women. Though this is still our strong tendency, we are beginning to­ discover both the futility and the harm of such dualistic splitting. Peoples of many ancient cultures might smile at the belatedness of our discovery concerning the commonalities of medicine and religion. A cur­ sory glance back at ancient Egypt, Samaria, Babylonia, Persia, Greece, and Rome would disclose a common thread - the close union of religion and medicine. Both were centrally concerned with healing, health, and wholeness. The person was understood as a unity of body, mind, and spirit. The priest and the physician frequently were combined in the same individual. One of the important contributions of this significant volume of essays is the sustained attack upon dualism. From a variety of vantage points, virtually all of the authors unmask the varied manifestations of dualism in religion and medicine, urging a more holistic approach. Since the editor has provided an excellent summary of each article, I shall not attempt to comment on specific contributions. Rather , I wish to highlight three 1 broad themes which I find notable for theological ethics.


Biomedical ethics Ethics Medical Ethics Religion bioethics health

Editors and affiliations

  • Earl E. Shelp
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Religion, and Center for Ethics, Medicine, and Public IssuesBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-8408-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-7723-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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