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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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Index abortion, 71, 76, 83, 121, 146–8, 186–7, 216, 225, 229 see also legislation, Abortion Act 1967 Abortion Act 1967, see legislation, Abortion Act 1967 Abraham, 151, 153–4 Allen, Leslie, 162 Amos, 36 Anglican tradition and approach, 133ff. Aquinas, St Thomas, 61, 74–5, 82 n.1, 90–3, 95, 117, 166 artificial nutrition and hydration, see technology, artificial nutrition and hydration artificiality and cyborgs, 63–4 and need for science-theology dialogue, 31–2 boundaries defining, 64–5 historical perspective on, 13–17 in birth, 23–6 in contemporary medicine, 18–19 in reproduction, 19–23, 27–8, 62–3, 66–7, 69, 78–9, 118–19 see also medicine, as artificial intervention Ashkenazi, Rabbi Yehuda, 76 Baker, M., 21 Barns, I., 231–2 Barth, Karl, 55 Bartholomew, Craig, 150 Baum, Gregory, 91–2, 108 Bellamy, J. Stephen, 46, 213–14, 222 Benedict XVI, Pope, 68, 89, 91 n.5 Bennett, Gaymon, 187 Bentham, Jeremy, 49–50 Berlusconi, Silvio, 84 Berry, Caroline, 167–8, 178–80, 188 Berry, R.J., 163, 166, 168, 188 Bible role in ethics, 41–6, 133–56, 220–9, 230–3 see also theological ethics, role of scripture (Bible) in Biggar, Nigel, 135–6 birth and artificiality, see artificiality, in birth and neonatal care, see reproductive technologies, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) prematurity in, 23–5 Bonhoeffer, Dietrich, 2–3 Bostrom, Nick, 65 Bratton, Mark, 154–5 Brock, Brian, 142 Bryant, J.A., 164, 168, 175, 180, 188, 222 Burridge, R.A., 144 Cahill, Lisa Sowle, 69...

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