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Dignity and Dying
A Christian Appraisal
POD; Published: 7/29/1996
ISBN: 978-0-8028-4232-9
Price: $ 27.50
266 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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DESCRIPTION
Twenty leading experts in the bioethics debate here engage, from a Christian perspective, matters of dignity and dying. These essays discuss the experience of dying; examine the concepts of autonomy, death, suffering, and faithfulness; analyze four of the most pressing end-of-life challenges — forgoing treatment, medical futility, defining of death, and assisted suicide/euthanasia — and explore alternatives to the premature ending of life.

Contributors:
  • Nigel M. de S. Cameron
  • John Dunlop
  • Arthur Dyck
  • Marsha Fowler
  • Dennis Hollinger
  • C. Christopher Hook
  • Henk Jochemsen
  • John Kilner
  • Arlene Miller
  • C. Ben Mitchell
  • Edmund Pellegrino
  • James Reitman
  • David Shiedermayer
  • Norma Small
  • James Thobaben
  • Martha Twaddle
  • B. Holly Vautier
  • Allen Verhey
  • Gregory Waybright
  • Jerome Wernow
REVIEWS
Kevin O'Rourke
— director, Center for Health Care Ethics, Saint Louis University
"Ethical discourse in the field of medicine and health care has been dominated by pragmatic individualism in theory and in practice. The result is relativism and subjective decision making. Dignity and Dying: A Christian Appraisal offers a more well-founded perspective for considering some of the significant ethical issues in the field of medicine and health care. This volume considers the issues of autonomy, death, medical futility, and forgoing life support from an experiential, principle-based perspective. According to popular wisdom, theological discernment has little to offer to the field of health care ethics, but this volume confirms the value of a theological, faith-based approach."
Stephen E. Lammers
— Lafayette College
"An excellent collection on topics that will be at the center of debate in the churches and society. Those of us who try to reflect within and witness to the Christian tradition during that discussion can learn much from this volume."
Robert D. Orr
— director of clinical ethics, Loma Linda University Medical Center
"Since death came out of the closet over twenty years ago, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, medical professionals, and philosophers have found it to be a valuable topic of discussion. Many Christians, however, have been reluctant to enter public discussions of death, or at least have been reluctant to identify their religious base when speaking in a public forum. . . . The editors of this volume have responded to this challenge. Christian physicians, nurses, pastors, theologians, philosophers, and others offer eloquent personal and professional insights into a very important field."
David C. Thomasma
— Loyola University Chicago
"Too often the discussion of ethical issues surrounding death and dying is reduced to concerns for autonomy and the narrow focus of response to suffering through acts of euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide. This book spells a welcome relief from that tendency. It is a wondrously engaging book about the richer context of dying and the hard work it entails for everyone — the dying person, the family, the caregivers, and those who minister to them."

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