Bioethical issues are rarely out of view in Western societies. Respecting Life offers a thorough theological discussion of issues such as human cloning, debates about human fertility and embryo research and assisted dying. Historically, Christian churches have played a prominent part in debates about bioethical issues, and they continue to do so. However, there is no consensus within the Christian tradition as to how such issues should be addressed from the perspective of Christian faith. Neil Messer trained and worked as a microbiologist and offers his expertise as a scientist and as a theologian in a compelling and engaging book. Respecting Life presents a theological approach to bioethics, which is rooted in a Reformed Protestant tradition and draws on insights from other Christian traditions, and shows how that approach can be brought to bear on a range of contemporary issues and problems in bioethics.
'Unlike most books published in the field of bioethics, Neil Messer's book is written from a theological perspective ... His approach is refreshing ... constitut[ing] an important contribution to the current bioethics debate ... Giving us a good example of how to partake in the bioethics debate in a manner that reflects the gospel, Messer has produced an inspiring example of how to do bioethics as a theologian ... I warmly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in listening to a theological voice in the current bioethics debate.'
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