Society, Religion, and Bioethics

  • Sana Loue


Bioethical issues often arise in the most intimate and private moments of an individual’s life. Many patients may turn to their faiths and their religious authorities in an effort to find meaning in both the question and the answer. Healthcare providers seek guidance within their own faith traditions while recognizing that in any given situation, they must act in the patient’s best interests and consider the patient’s wishes and preferences. However, because religion is also a public matter, the interplay of religion and bioethics is often reflected in societal debates as well as personal decisionmaking. This chapter lays the foundation for an exploration of the relationship between religion, bioethics, policy, and law.


Bioethics Bioethical framework Casuistry Consequentialism Deontology Pluralism Prescriptive ethics Principlism Religion Utilitarianism 


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  • Sana Loue
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  1. 1.School of Medicine, Department of BioethicsCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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