Jewish and Catholic Bioethics
An Ecumenical Dialogue
The Jewish perspectives presented in this book are mainly those of orthodox scholars, with the responses representing primarily Christian-Catholic points of view. Readers unfamiliar with the Jewish tradition will find here a practical introduction to its major voices, from Spinoza to Jewish religious law. The contributors explore such issues as active and passive euthanasia, abortion, assisted reproduction, genetic screening, and health care delivery.
Offering a thoughtful and thought-provoking dialogue between Jewish and Christian scholars, Jewish and Catholic Bioethics is an important contribution to ecumenical understanding in the realm of health care.
About the Authors
Alan I. Faden, MD, is a professor of neuroscience, neurology, and pharmacology at the Georgetown University Medical Center. He is coauthor of Medical Harm: Historical, Conceptual and Ethical Dimensions of Iatrogenic Illness.
"Begins an important dialogue on common issues of concern to both Jewish and Catholic ethicists today."—Choice
"An excellent book for students and health professionals who are inspired by the Hebrew Bible and/or the Christian New Testament."—Australasion Catholic Record
"Advance[s] the important and much-needed discussions in this area [and] succeeds in laying claim to the importance of religious views in bioethical discourse."—Religious Studies Review
"Life, death, suffering and meaning are the primary texts of contemporary biomedicine. this ground breaking conversation among some of today's most insightful Jewish and Christian bioethicists challenges us to explore these texts with both passion and perspective."— Michael A. Grodin, MD, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health
"A probing combination of Jewish, Christian and secular thought. This volume challenges many preconceptions about fundamental ethical beliefs of major religions."—Kevin O'Rourke, OP, Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center
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