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  • Print publication year: 2008
  • Online publication date: May 2012

13 - The Discourses of Orthodox Christian Medical Ethics

from PART IV - THE DISCOURSES OF RELIGION ON MEDICAL ETHICS
Summary
Orthodox Christianity understands the moral life to be a whole, a way of life within which one can enter into union with God. Orthodox Christian morality and medical ethics are modes of reorienting persons away from themselves toward God and their fellow man. Neither medical ethics nor bioethics is a univocal term. Orthodox Christianity through its morality, medical ethics, and theology provide a stark example of such differences. As an introduction to the depth of these differences, one considers the Orthodox Christian historiography of Christian morality and medical ethics. Orthodox Christianity contrasts with both Roman Catholicism and most Protestant faiths in rejecting a notion of moral dogmatic progress. Orthodox Christian reflections on medical ethics are one element of the Church's attempt to set aside the alienating character of time, which appears to isolate the past from present, which seems to separate one from the living Fathers of the first centuries.
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The Cambridge World History of Medical Ethics
  • Online ISBN: 9781139195812
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CHOL9780521888790
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