A Tangled Web

Medicine and Theology in Dialogue

by R. John Elford (Volume editor) D. Gareth Jones (Volume editor)
Edited Collection 288 Pages


This book is the outcome of collaboration between medical and theological writers from within the Christian tradition. Its aim is to explore ways in which medicine and theology can be complementary and to counter the frequent examples of the two disciplines being in disagreement. The subjects chosen for discussion are selective and are grouped under three headings: Theological Background, Moral Boundaries, and Regulation and Policy. This enables the discussion to proceed from theology to specifics in medicine with a concluding emphasis on the practicalities of regulation and policy.
The book can, therefore, be read as an essay in applied ethics. It seeks to discover how cherished theological beliefs can work themselves out in relation to some of the specific questions raised by modern medical technologies. The argument throughout shows why theology has to listen carefully to medicine and how theology can then be of practical benefit, in enabling medicine to exercise its social responsibilities.


ISBN (Softcover)
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2009. 288 pp.

Biographical notes

R. John Elford (Volume editor) D. Gareth Jones (Volume editor)

The Editors: R. John Elford is Visiting Professor of Ethics at Leeds Metropolitan University. His recent publications include The Pastoral Nature of Theology (1999) and The Ethics of Uncertainty (2000). D. Gareth Jones is Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, where he is also Professor of Anatomy and Structural Biology. His recent publications include Valuing People (1999), Designers of the Future (2005) and Medical Ethics (4th edn, 2005).


Title: A Tangled Web