Bioethics: A Primer for Christians (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2005 - Religion - 126 pages
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In the face of rapid advances in medical research and treatment, bioethics has become a serious social concern. Originally published in 1996 and later chosen by "World magazine as one of the top 100 books of the twentieth century, Gilbert Meilaender's "Bioethics covers a wide range of pressing bioethical issues and offers discerning guidance on how Christians ought to think about them.

In admirably clear language Meilaender discusses abortion, assisted reproduction, genetic advance and prenatal screening, care for the dying and euthanasia, human experimentation, and more. This new edition of his "Bioethics features updated information throughout, a fuller discussion of human embryos -- including stem cell research -- and a thorough rewrite of the chapter on organ donation.

Praise for the first edition

"The Christian who simply wants to get a reliable handle on [bioethics] will find nothing better than this splendid little book."
-- "First Things

"Concise and definite, this primer does its duty well."
-- "Booklist

"A clarion call for a more circumspect examination of current medical procedures."
-- "Library Journal

"An edifying, informative, and most welcome challenge to the superficial secularism that holds salvation to be scientific rather than divine."
-- "National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

"Sets out in clear, accessible, and often eloquent language the core issues of bioethics from a Christian viewpoint."
-- "Christian Scholar's Review

"This pithy little book offers a vision and wisdom rarely found in volumes many times its size."
-- "Journal of Christian Nursing

  

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Review: Bioethics: A Primer for Christians

User Review  - Justin Dillehay - Goodreads

Easy to read layman's intro to bioethics. Read full review

Review: Bioethics: A Primer for Christians, 3rd ed.

User Review  - Jill - Christianbook.com

I was taught from an early age that when it comes to Christian literature (other than the Bible), one should "eat the meat and spit out the bones". With that said, this book contains some bones that ... Read full review

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Contents

Christian Vision
1
Procreation versus Reproduction
10
Abortion
25
Genetic Advance
38
Prenatal Screening
48
Suicide and Euthanasia
55
Refusing Treatment
65
Who Decides?
75
Gifts of the Body Organ Donation
84
Gifts of the Body Human Experimentation
101
Embryos The Smallest of Research Subjects
110
Sickness and Health
120
Index
125
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About the author (2005)

Gilbert Meilaender is Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Professor of Christian Ethics at Valparaiso University in Indiana.

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