Item description for Stewards of Life: Bioethics and Pastoral Care by Sondra Ely Wheeler...
Overview This systematic and comprehensive introduction to theological bioethics will help readers discern the theological issues inherent in life-and-death bioethical decisions. By discussing four central moral principles of medical ethics, Wheeler gives lay Christian health care providers guidance in reflecting on the theological dimensions of their work and helps ministers understand their role in counseling families faced with such decisions.
Publishers Description In Stewards of Life, Sondra Ely Wheeler presents a compact, basic introduction to the language and principles of contemporary bioethics. Perhaps more importantly, by providing a theological explanation and critique of the language and principles of bioethics as applied in medical contexts, she positions bioethical issues firmly within the context of the biblical narrative that forms the church and shapes Christian understanding of human life. Wheeler uses sample cases to illustrate the ways in which bioethical principles, appropriately understood, inform Christian moral reflection. She further gives specific attention to pastors and chaplains roles in helping patients and their families confront medical crises as members of the community of faith."
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.04" Width: 6.44" Height: 0.35" Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 1996
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687020875 ISBN13 9780687020874
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Table of Contents Feb 8, 2000
Introduction: Playing God or Struggling to Be Human?: Bioethics and Christian Faith-- Chapter 1: Christian Faith, Ethics, and the Moral Practice of Medicine-- Why Ethics Is a Bad Place to Start; God's Story and Christian Character; The Correlative Virtues; Moral Conversation in the New Testament-- Chapter 2: The Language of Bioethics: Philosophical Principles and Christian Convictions; Autonomy; Non-maleficence; Beneficence; and Justice-- Chapter 3: Thinking Through Conflicts: Using Principles in Hard Cases-- The Limits of Aggressive Treatment: Intubating the Elderly and Critically Ill; The Limits of Aggressive Treatment: Surgery for the Very Premature Infant; Artificial Feeding and Futility: Treating a Stroke Victim; Choosing Death: Food Refusal as a Means of "Self-Deliverance"-- Chapter 4: Discernment and Witness: The Roles of the Pastor in Medical Crisis-- The Ministry of Presence; The Minister as Interpreter; Partner in Discernment; and Witness to the Gospel--
Conclusion: "Awaiting the Redemption of Our Bodies": The Limits of Medicine and Bioethics
Practical insight for Christians w/ medical issues/decisions Apr 1, 1999
This book's contribution is to illuminate (carefully, clearly, concisely, in simple yet stirring terms) the difference which being a Christian makes for those who are faced with biomedical issues and/or decisions, whether as ethicists, pastors, chaplains, patients or family of patients. It's a book you can use 'on the firing line', in the immediate area suggested by its title, but one which also stimulates thinking at a more general level (what difference does being a Christian make in the context of _business_ decisionmaking? of family?) and which, through analogy at least, points out a useful approach in these broader contexts.