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The Foundations of Christian Bioethics Hardcover – January 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-9026515576 ISBN-10: 902651557X Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: M & M Scrivener Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 902651557X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9026515576
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,381,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A profound and provocative book." -- M. Cathleen Kaveny, Notre Dame Law School, University of Notre Dame<br /><br />"Engelhardt has thrown down a challenge to secular bioethics that cannot be avoided. Let the argument begin." -- Professor Stanley Hauerwas, The Divinity School, Duke University<br /><br />"I strongly recommend this important, powerful, and challenging book." -- James F. Childress, Kyle Professor of Religious Studies, Professor of Medical Education, University of Virginia<br /><br />"This book will stimulate and provoke while revealing the evolution of the thought of a preeminent and original thinker." --Edmund Pellegrino, M.D., John Carroll Professor of Medicine & Medical Ethics, Georgetown University Medical Center

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a book not just about bioethics, though it is a superb textbook in that field. Nor is it just about Christian bioethics, although it is one of the few serious, systematic texts in this area, and easily the most insightful. It is also a very engaging and important work in the history of ideas. Western morality has its roots both in Christian faith and in Greek understandings of the rationalities that took final shape in the Western middle ages and early modernity. Engelhardt shows how those quite different sources of our morality, together with excessive expectations from secular morality engendered by Western medieval Christianity's rationalism, have led to profound tensions and controversies at the core of contemporary moral reflections. Against this background, Engelhardt argues that Western Christianity took a wrong turn in its attempt to ground its morality. To rectify this, he takes us back to the Christianity of the first millennium, the morality it justified, and the mystical epistemology it employed, all brought illuminatingly to bear upon the full range of contemporary issues in bioethics. The footnotes are fascinating.
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12 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Casey R. Law on March 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The book's title is misleading. This book in fact constitutes a lengthy though rather unsystematic primer on the basics of Orthodox Christian doctrine, with some emphasis on matters related to sexual ethics. Prof. Engelhardt is obviously very intelligent, and there's lots of information in the book, most of it (insofar as I'm able to judge) accurate. There are many interesting quotes. However, Prof. Engelhardt's style is blunt and graceless. Further, Prof. Engelhardt lacks the nuanced judgment that an historian needs, and his Orthodox-convert's triumphalism is annoying. It's hard to imagine this book's being used as a bioethics text anywhere, with the possible exception of Orthodox seminaries.
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13 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dean Spilias on April 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In a word: disappointing. As a doctor and student of philosphy and ethics, as well as a Christian, I really hoped that this book would be the one to combine it all into one coherent world-view. Sadly, this was not the case.

There were some useful discussions, such as the conflicts of interest inherent in being a Christian physician in a secular institution within a pluralistic society. Unfortunately, the answer to this dilemma was embedded in an anti-Catholic pro-Orthodox rant, which as a member of neither of these churches I found completely unnecessary.

There were some completely bizarre sections, such as the one justifying lying to patients (to help them to salvation) and the part about seeking consent from the relative most likely to convince the patient to make the "morally correct" decision. Very strange.

A better (as well as shorter and probably cheaper) Christian framework for ethics is found in: Pellegrino and Thomasma "The Christian Virtues in Medical Practice". These guys are Catholic, but at least not as in-your-face about it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By phil on December 3, 2013
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Engelhardt's version of Eastern Orthodoxy, is a bit crazy, but in a way that illuminates some basic issues. The book's organization leaves a lot to be desired: you have to page through footnotes to discover that an Eastern Orthodox spiritual director may be a man or a woman.
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