Bioengagement: Making a Christian Difference Through Bioethics Today

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Nigel M. de S. Cameron, Scott E. Daniels, Barbara Jean White
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2000 - Religion - 265 pages
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While the Christian church has experienced extraordinary growth over the last century, Western culture has continued its seemingly inexorable drift into post-Christian forms. The contrast between our burgeoning churches and the scant impact that Christians have on public policy, the university, or the professions is distressing. And nowhere is this development more evident-and more consequential-than in the field of bioethics, where the dignity of human beings is constantly open to redefinition, and where much of our inheritance is coming under withering fire from those whose values are radically distinct from the Judeo-Christian tradition. This new volume takes seriously the Christian mandate to engage modern culture, giving specific attention to the urgent need for moral leadership as we encounter the difficult challenges posed by biotechnology. These insightful chapters by twenty leading activists, academics, and professionals discuss the contributions that a Christian perspective can and should make to the biomedical debate in today's most important forums-public policy and law, education, media, health care, and the church itself.
 

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Contents

Christian Leadership and Public Policy Making a Difference
3
A Biblical Mandate for Cultural Engagement
17
Common Ground and Conflict The Study of Professional Ethics
37
The Vertical Context Prayer and Bioethics
57
EDUCATION AND THE MEDIA
69
The New Medicine and the Education of the Christian Mind
71
Strategies for Sex Education
80
Bioethics on the College Campus
89
HEALTH CARE
167
Medicine and the Challenge of Change
169
A Call to Moral Leadership
181
Paradigm Lost? New Techniques for Engagement in Medical Education
186
Disability and Its Interdisciplinary Implications
196
THE CHURCH
209
The Church and the Cultural Imperative
211
Biblical Context for the Churchs Bioethics
220

The Media and Its Opportunities
100
LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY
111
Is Statecraft Soulcraft? Faith Politics and Legal Neutrality
113
Biomedical Ethics and US Health Policy
132
How the Law Will Shape Our Life and Death Decisions The Case of the Human Embryo
143
Christian Teaching and the Churchs Authority
235
Pastoral Care in the Abortion Society
249
Index
261
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Cameron is research professor of bioethics at Chicago-Kent College of Law and president of the Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future. He founded the journal Ethics and Medicine in 1983, directs the Council for Biotechnology Policy (Washington, D.C., chaired by Charles W. Colson), and has represented the United States at the United Nations discussions on human cloning. He is former provost and distinguished professor of theology and culture at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School/Trinity International University (Deerfield, Illinois).

Daniels is deputy secretary of health and human services, Commonwealth of Virginia.

White is associate professor of nursing at Regis University, Denver, Colorado.

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