Foreword to Volume I

  • J. Robert Nelson
  • D. Theol
Part of the Bioethics Yearbook book series (BIYB, volume 1)


No one needs to argue for the legitimacy and value of a book on bioethics which incorporates diverse religious perspectives. The very field of study called bioethics grew out of religiously motivated concerns less than thirty years ago. Prior to the 1960s, Protestant theologians had given hardly a serious thought to questions of medical ethics, although the Roman Catholic writer Gerald Kelly had already systemized the teaching derived from a tradition in his communion. The Jewish and Islamic traditions of morality in cases of childbirth, sickness, and dying likewise had a long history.


Religious Community Religious Teaching Bioethical Issue Islamic Tradition Christian Teaching 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Robert Nelson
    • 1
  • D. Theol
    • 1
  1. 1.The Institute of ReligionUSA

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