Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions

By David VanDrunen

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Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions

By David VanDrunen

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Just about everyone will face a difficult bioethics decision at some point. In this book a theologian, ethicist, and lawyer equips Christians to make such decisions based on biblical truth, wisdom, and virtue.

Though a relatively new discipline, bioethics has generated extraordinary interest due to a number of socially pressing issues. Bioethics and the Christian Life places bioethics within the holistic context of the Christian life, both developing a general Christian approach to making bioethics decisions and addressing a number of specific, controversial areas of bioethics.

Clear, concise, and well-organized, the book is divided into three sections. The first lays the theological foundation for bioethics decision making and discusses the importance of wisdom and virtue in working through these issues. The second section addresses beginning-of-life issues, such as abortion, stem-cell research, and infertility treatments. The third section covers end-of-life issues, such as living wills, accepting and refusing medical treatment, and treatment of patients in permanent vegetative states.


David VanDrunen

David VanDrunen (PhD, Loyola University Chicago) is the Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California in Escondido, California.

Product Details

Category: Culture & Social Issues
Christian Living
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 256
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 12.67 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-0144-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-0144-9
ISBN-UPC: 9781433501449
Case Quantity: 44
Published: October 31, 2009

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Christian Confronts Bioethics
Part 1: Foundations of Bioethics

  1. Christianity and Health Care in a Fallen World
  2. Theological Doctrines
  3. Christian Virtues

Part 2: The Beginning of Life

  1. Marriage, Procreation, and Contraception
  2. Assisted Reproduction
  3. The Human Embryo

Part 3: The End of Life

  1. Approaching Death: Dying as a Way of Life
  2. Suicide, Euthanasia, and the Distinction between Killing and Letting Die
  3. Accepting and Forgoing Treatment

Conclusion (with a Bibliographic Essay)
General Index
Scripture Index