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A Glass Darkly

Medicine and Theology in Further Dialogue


Edited By D. Gareth Jones and R. John Elford

This book is a sequel to the first volume of New International Studies in Applied Ethics and includes essays from some of the same contributors. Like the previous volume, the book explores the interface between medicine and theology. The essays demonstrate the complementarity evident between the two and examine how those coming from different theological traditions are able to provide helpful insights. Points of disagreement, and their crucial role in contributing to an understanding of the complexities of the debate, are acknowledged.
Much of the discussion focuses on use of the Bible. The contributors show an awareness of the pastoral necessity of providing access to new medical technologies for those in need. Out of this emerges a positive view of some of the human benefits of modern medicine and the ways in which Christian theology can engage with it constructively. The discussion throughout is related to the wider literature in the field.


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R. John Elford Introduction 1 Part One The Problem and the Resources 7 D. Gareth Jones The Biomedical Technologies: Prospects and Challenges 9 R. John Elford Aspects of Theological Ethics 33 Part twO Roman Catholic Responses 59 Celia Deane-Drummond Bodies in Glass: A Virtue Approach to Ethical Quandaries in a Cyborg Age through a Recovery of Practical Wisdom 61 Gerard Mannion Collective Discernment in Medicine and Theology: Recent Developments from an Ecumenical Roman Catholic Perspective 81 Ann Marie Mealey Dignitas Personae 111 vi Part three Evangelical and Free Church Responses 131 Andrew Goddard The Place of the Bible in Medical Ethics 133 J. Stephen Bellamy Evangelicals and Embryology: Responses to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill 157 Adam Hood Theology and Ethics: The Importance of Frameworks 191 D. Gareth Jones Conclusion: The Necessity of Dialogue 211 Notes on Contributors 239 Index 241 Acknowledgements The editors wish to thank a variety of people who have been generous in their support of this project. Leeds Metropolitan University has provided financial support, with a range of individuals there providing advice and help in a multitude of ways. At the University of Otago Maja Whitaker has provided her usual high standard of insightful editorial and critical analyti- cal skills, while Mike King undertook the arduous task of constructing the index. We would also like to thank all the contributors for providing their chapters in good time and for so graciously responding to email requests to address issues raised by their fellow contributors. Only in...

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