Why the Church Needs Bioethics

A Guide to Wise Engagement with Life's Challenges

John F. Kilner, PhD

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Three rich and true-to-life case studies illustrate the urgency of such bioethical issues as reproductive and genetic technologies, abortion, forgoing treatment, assisted suicide, stem cell research, and human enhancement technologies, to help you understand and constructively engage bioethical challenges with the resources of Christian wisdom and ministry. Leading Christian voices bring biblical and theological perspective to bear on the incredible medical technologies available today; mobilize useful insights from health care, law, and business; and demonstrate the powerful ways the church can make a difference through counseling, pastoral care, intercultural ministry, preaching, and education. This book equips students, church and lay leaders, and people in health-related fields with the knowledge to make faithful bioethical decisions and to help foster a world where human beings are shown respect as people created in the image of God.

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John F. Kilner, PhD
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John F. Kilner, PhD

John F. Kilner (Ph.D., Harvard) is the Franklin Forman Chair of Ethics, Professor of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture, and Director of Bioethics Programs at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. The author or editor of 20 books, Dr. Kilner served as President and CEO of The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Bannockburn, Illinois from 1994–2005.

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Does Bioethics Need the Church?

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If Christianity is truly relevant to our lives today, then Christians ought to be thinking about how faith in Christ can inform healthcare choices. This timely book, which might just as well have been titled "Why Bioethics Needs the Church," is a call to Christians confronted by rapidly changing medical technologies to consider biblical principles in seeking for wisdom in responding to life's challenges. Recognizing that there are no easy answers to difficult healthcare decisions, a team of authors from the fields of theology, biblical studies, medicine, ethics, intercultural ministry, law, education and preaching has come together to help the reader to understand and think through issues at the beginning and end of life as well as those during times in between. This book is an essential addition to my personal library and one for which I expect to reach each time a new biomedical development appears in the headlines. Even more, this is a resource that I would recommend for use in church homegroup discussions, adult Christian education classes, pastoral counseling, undergraduate and graduate educational curricula, and sermon development. This book is an indispensable resource for Christian healthcare professionals who regard their service as ministry. This book will also be valuable to others who wish to become more familiar with Christian insights relevant to discussions about how to use new medical technologies in ways that promote human flourishing and respect human dignity.


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I'm attending a Christian univeristy and this was one of the books I had to have for a class. It is outdated and for people with simple minds.

Serious but Reasonable Discussion

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This is a collection of essays built around three case studies, illustrating why the Church needs to study and explore bioethics. Each of the case studies presents a moral and ethical dilemma which the affected parties are not handling well. Each situation is then examined in several essays from a variety of perspectives, by experts from different fields: legal, medical, business, multicultural, bioethics, psychology, pastoral care. The three case studies are a couple trying to have a baby via egg donation from the wife's sister; four graduate students who have been told by their very distinguished and powerful thesis advisor that they can help him make the critical breakthroughs in cold fusion, but only if they take a brain stimulant that's illegal in the US and is "reasonably safe"; and a man dying a painful death of pancreatic cancer, whose teenage daughter is angry and resentful because he has stopped chemotherapy, and whose wife is wondering if assisted suicide can end his suffering and give him a good death. The essayists are all Christians, and all approach these issues from a Christian perspective. Their professional backgrounds, and hence much of their viewpoint apart from religion, varies widely. Individually and collectively, they make clear why the Church needs to address issues of bioethics, and how informed and thoughtful bioethical guidance from religious leaders, fellow parishioners, and others can help believers who face moral and ethical dilemmas relating to modern medical technology, as well as the doctors, lawyers, counselors, and others who must assist them in these decisions. This is a serious, thoughtful, well-written book that does not provide simple answers or suggest that simple answers are possible. There is not one unified viewpoint here, except as the essayists share the Christian faith. The essays are not all equally good, and sadly, I have to say that Mr. Kilner's is the weakest, but they are all well worth reading, and will lead you to think seriously about the issues involved. Recommended.