Bioethics: A Primer for Christians

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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.

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Caution: Eat the meat and spit out the bones

User Review  - Jill -

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

Review: Bioethics: A Primer for Christians, Revised Edition

User Review  - Craig Payne -

Having pointed that out, I would heartily recommend Meilaender's book as one of the best short introductions to a topic (the topic of bioethics in particular) I've read. It is accessible to readers without over simplification of its arguments. In the topic area, this is where I'd start. Read full review

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Christian Vision
Procreation versus Reproduction
Genetic Advance
Prenatal Screening
Suicide and Euthanasia
Refusing Treatment
Who Decides?
Gifts of the Body Organ Donation
Gifts of the Body Human Experimentation
Embryos The Smallest of Research Subjects
Sickness and Health

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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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