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Health-Care Ethics: A Comprehensive Christian Resource
IVP Academic / 2009 / Paperback
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What is sure to become the definitive work in bioethics Health-Care Ethics: A Comprehensive Christian Resource is the first full theological-ethical treatment of medical ethics. Receiving his M.Div., M.P.H. from Yale University, and his Ph.D. from Emory University, author James Thobaben grounds his work in the historic tradition of the Evangelical faith which he argues is, and always has been, eminently concerned with ethics. He then constructs what he calls An Evangelical Christian Moral Epistemology and then builds his Health-Care Ethics on the base of this epistemology, and under the rubric of Evangelical Christian anthropology. In building, Thobaben provides a comprehensive existential understanding of human beings in their nature as spiritual and physical beings. But he also includes a dynamic and theological use and interpretation of Scripture in speaking to the most difficult issues in bioethics. In effect, Thobaben has constructed a theo-ethical paradigm in which Christians can use to develop and well-informed biomedical-ethic and leave simplistic and uniformed black and white approaches behind and truly engage the issues through an adequate and clear articulation of their theological beliefs in conversation with modern medical dilemmas and health care problems.
Founded on in-depth biblical studies and perceptive theological perspective, James Thobaben's book has given us a comprehensive treatment of the myriad ethical issues involved in health care. He addresses topics such as
James R. Thobaben (M.Div., Yale Divinity School; M.P.H., Yale Medical School; Ph.D., Emory University) is professor of church in society at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky.
"In this book, Jim Thobaben offers even more than the title promises. This book is not just a comprehensive Christian resource on health-care ethics, but is instead a primer in theological anthropology that then leads to profound reflections on bioethics. The book is rich at every level--biblically, theologically, philosophically and ecclesiologically. Thobaben demonstrates wide reading, mastery of a great breadth of material and precision in argumentation. One does not have to agree with every argument made in this substantial book to appreciate its significance. With this book, Jim Thobaben has established himself as a major evangelical voice in theological bioethics."
"Dr. Jim Thobaben has done a masterful job of weaving together a tapestry of threads including ethical analysis, theology, biblical studies and moral practice. Health-Care Ethics has been written by a master teacher and practitioner resulting in a text that is not only engaging but pertinent to the lives of those who read it."
"The bioethics that James Thobaben insightfully presents here is both incarnational and missional--ideas commonly found in the church but rarely in bioethics. He helps the reader see what engaging various bioethical challenges looks like--not in some theoretical way far from the nitty-gritty of everyday private and professional life, but in the lived experience of evangelical believers committed to being personally and communally faithful to their God. He goes on to show that such incarnational faithfulness is not something that properly focuses only in-house, within the church, but necessarily reaches out to join with the wider human community in the task of learning and living what it means to be human. Many will begin reading this book simply because of the unusually wide range of bioethical issues it addresses. They will finish it not merely much better informed bioethically, but also inspired to put their deepest convictions and values to work on the great bioethical challenges of today and tomorrow."
"Jim Thobaben has provided a valuable resource for helping readers reflect on Scripture and think about the myriad moral dimensions of health care from the perspective of Christian faith. In a society where many of our definitions of 'good life' are mediated through biotechnologies and what we can do, Thobaben helps us sort through options for more faithful responsibilities and responses in order to understand what we should do to embody the gospel of Christ and serve the holistic needs of humanity. This is a very timely book for classrooms and congregations given the importance of bioethics and in light of our current social debates."
"Dr. Thobaben's book offers keen insight into the complex bioethical issues facing our culture and our church. His work adds richly to our conversations about healing, death and eternal life."
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