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Bioethics in the Lutheran Tradition

  • Paul Nelson
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Part of the Bioethics Yearbook book series (BIYB, volume 1)

Abstract

What do Lutherans say about issues in biomedical ethics? How do they approach such questions? Is there a distinctively Lutheran perspective on bioethics? This report addresses these questions with respect to the teachings and policies of the major Lutheran churches in the United States. Readers are cautioned against the assumption that positions taken by the churches necessarily represent a consensus, or even the majority view, among those approximately ten million Americans who call themselves Lutherans. One should realize, also, that these official teachings are expressions of the views of bureaucratic departments, committees, commissions, and ultimately church conventions, in which the influence, and even more the control, of confessionally Lutheran theology is greatly attenuated by other considerations. It is not uncommon to find prominent Lutheran theologians and ethicists in vigorous dissent from the “official” positions of their churches. While it is not possible to survey the writings of individual Lutherans within the Yearbook’s allotted pages (except when their work was published by the churches as study material), some of them do appear in the notes.

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Social Statement Artificial Insemination Active Euthanasia Christian Ethic Good Conscience 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Nelson
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  1. 1.Wittenberg UniversitySpringfieldUSA

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