Item description for Reclaiming the Body: Christians and the Faithful Use of Modern Medicine (The Christian Practice of Everyday Life) by Joel Shuman & Brian M. D. Volck...
Overview A theologian and a medical ethicist argue for a more Christian understanding of health and the goals of modern medicine.
Publishers Description We live in an age of incredible medical technology, and with it, a great emphasis on health and well-being. We fully entrust the care of our bodies to the medical profession, often taking its solutions and judgments as gospel. But what role, if any, should our Christian faith play in all this? In "Reclaiming the Body, " a physician and a theologian take a critical look at some of the assumptions we draw from the medical profession and explore what theology has to say about medicine, our bodies, our health, and the Body of Christ. The authors deal with such issues as suffering, caring for the sick, children and reproductive technologies, medicine and the poor, our obsession with physical perfection, and death and dying.
Citations And Professional Reviews Reclaiming the Body: Christians and the Faithful Use of Modern Medicine (The Christian Practice of Everyday Life) by Joel Shuman & Brian M. D. Volck has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 10/10/2005 page 55
Christian Century - 03/21/2006 page 40
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Studio: Brazos Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.43" Weight: 0.64 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2006
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
Series Christian Practice Of Everyday L
ISBN 1587431270 ISBN13 9781587431272
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More About Joel Shuman & Brian M. D. Volck
Joel Shuman (Ph.D., Duke University) teaches moral theology at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is a frequent public speaker, the author of numerous articles about theology and medicine, and coauthor of Heal Thyself: Spirituality, Medicine, and the Distortion of Christianity. Brian Volck, M.D., is a pediatrician. He teaches an elective on literature and medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and his essays, narrative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in such publications as DoubleTake, America, and St. Anthony Messenger.
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Thought-Provoking Book Apr 5, 2008
Interesting analysis of the almost-magical power attributed to medicine and other human systems, while still respectful and grateful to the medical community. Thought-provoking for medical professionals and patients.
Medicine in a Christian Context Apr 20, 2007
"Reclaiming the Body," the joint effort of a theologian (Joel Shuman) and a physician (Brian Volck), is a masterful discussion of the practice and consumption of medicine in a larger context--in this case the context of the Christian faith. Because American society, with its emphasis on individualism, provides little guidance regarding what medicine should be doing or not doing or who in society should have what claims on its services, there is a need for a comprehensive vision which takes in community claims as well as individual claims on medical benefits. Christian faith can be for many people that comprehensive vision. "Reclaiming the Body" lays out this vision masterfully. In spite of its complex subject matter, this book is quite accessible to a general readership. Especially insightful are the chapters "What Are Children For?" and "A Body Without Borders." This book is bound to change or deepen our thinking. It deserves a wide readership. Joe Wessling Professor Emeritus of English (Xavier University) Author of "Alice in Academe" and Other Stories
spiritual context for medical decisions Jul 17, 2006
This book offers a thoughtful review of how Christianity and medicine interact. Shuman and Volck do not lose sight of our status as created beings who generally want to please our creator, but due to our very clever abilities make that hard sometimes. The anecdotes get to the heart of many difficult problems. Probably best read before one faces a life-or-death medical decision--when the crunch comes, you will be glad you did.